The Hunger Winter: Occupied Holland 1944-1945 by Henri A. van der ZeeThe Hunger Winter: Occupied Holland 1944-1945 by Henri A. van der Zee

The Hunger Winter: Occupied Holland 1944-1945

byHenri A. van der Zee

Paperback | November 1, 1998

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Germany invaded the Netherlands in the spring of 1940. Life in occupied Holland was hideous enough, but for the Dutch the worst was yet to come. After the Western Allies lost the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944, the Dutch provinces north of the Rhine and Waal Rivers were in the hands of the Germans, and to the south fighting raged for months. In the winter of 1944–45, just as other parts of Europe were being liberated, the Dutch seemed forsaken by the Allies, who bypassed Holland on their drive to Berlin.

That last winter of the war, with its severe food and fuel shortages, was a terrible one for the Dutch people, who also suffered from episodes of Nazi terrorism. In some provinces there was nothing to eat but tulip bulbs and sugar beets, and eighteen thousand Dutch civilians actually starved to death. Henri van der Zee, who was ten years old that winter, remembers what happened to his people.

With Barbara van der Zee, Henri van der Zee is the author of William and Mary and A Sweet and Alien Land: The Story of Dutch New York.
Title:The Hunger Winter: Occupied Holland 1944-1945Format:PaperbackDimensions:347 pages, 9 × 6.09 × 0.82 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803296185

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When the Germans invaded Holland in the Spring of 1940, a time of isolation and deprivation began that lasted well into 1945. Eighteen thousand Dutch civilians starved to death, as the Allies and the Germans fought to the south. Many of the Dutch were eating nothing but tulip bulbs and sugar beets, thereby able to live to tell a tale of great suffering. One such survivor is Henri A. van der Zee. The Hunger Winter: Occupied Holland 1944-1945 is a memoir and an historical document -- a powerful look at a terrible time in history.

Editorial Reviews

"The Hunger Winter amounts to a general history of the Netherlands and its government during its nine months of waiting (for liberation from the Nazis), with the emphasis often most literally on what it felt like....(The story) moves along well, with much natural tragedy, pathos, and drama." -- Times Literary Supplement