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During World War II my father Jan A. Weststrate started taking notes on BBC news broadcasts from the time the Germans prohibited possession of wireless sets in the Netherlands in May 1943 until the time the part of the Netherlands he and his family lived in (the village of Krabbendijke in the province of Zeeland) was liberated by the Allied forces in October 1944 .

The notes start on May 16th 1943 and end rather abruptly on October 23rd 1944. From the 23rd until the 26th of October Krabbendijke was the scene of heavy fighting, resulting in the liberation on October the 26th.(1) From October the 27th 1944 until the 23rd of January 1945 no electricity was available in Krabbendijke.(2)


Five notebooks, in all some 1000 pages lay forgotten more than 50 years, until a few years ago my mother moved to a new home. My father died in 1966.


In September 2003 I have started scanning and transcribing these pages. This task will probably take a few months. Not all of the pages are clearly readable. If you can correct or help transcribing these pages, please send an email to ad.weststrate@gmail.com. Please clearly state the page you are commenting on.


Ad Weststrate, Veere, September 2003.


(1) Wel bevrijd ... toch angst. Oorlogshandelingen maart '44 - mei '45 Krabbendijke en omstreken. Gert H. Kuijt, 1994, ISBN 90-70697-14-9 Drukkerij en boekhandel van Velzen B.V. - Krabbendijke Pages 45-46 (2) Idem Page 64


Restarted the project in 2020 and I hope to finish it this time.
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