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The Dutch Famine

In the previous blog, Tera went on holiday to Zeeland together with Piet Meertens in June 1944. After the summer of 1944, however, the situation quickly becomes very worrying. On June 6, 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches in Normandy. This is followed by an advance of the Allies through Northern France and Belgium. …

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Piet

In the previous blog we saw “normal” life getting more and more difficult as the war continues. In this blog we meet a new friend of Tera. In the early months of 1944, the name Piet Meertens appears in Tera’s letters. Meertens is also from Zeeland, interested in the Dutch language and dialect and active …

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“Normal” Life in wartime

In the previous blog we saw how Tera’s Jewish friends fared and how Tera was involved. This blog is more about Tera’s own worries in wartime. We already came across Lieven de Beaufort in previous blogs. De Beaufort is director of the Zoological Museum. His son, Hans de Beaufort (1915-1942) became a well-known motorcycle racer …

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Jewish Amsterdam

In the previous blog we said goodbye to Anna Weber. We now return to Amsterdam and read about Tera’s involvement with her Jewish friends, where more goodbyes follow. In October 1942 Tera is very concerned about the Arbeitseinsatz (the German system of forced labor). Young men are arrested to work in Germany. Her nephew Chris, …

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Farewell to Anna

In the previous blog we saw Pico moving to Ginneken near Breda with his sick mother. Today we say goodbye to Anna Weber. In previous blogs we already learned that Anna Weber is a great example for Tera and a dear and loyal friend. In the summers of 1940 and 1941 Tera stays for  a …

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War in Zeeland

In the previous blog we saw Tera and Pico keeping themselves occupied with a starling pot. We now continue with Pico’s life in Domburg during the early years of the war. Pico lives with his two parents in villa “de Wael” in Domburg. Pico is 48 at the outbreak of the second world war, his …

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The starling pot

The previous blog was about the beginning of the war. Although “normal” life continues, the war soon becomes noticeable. Houses must be darkened and many evening gatherings are more difficult, because there is a curfew. That means that life for a single woman like Tera quickly becomes boring. To get through the evenings and to …

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The start of the war

In the previous blog we saw Marius comming to the Netherlands one last time, and what happens with him after that until his untimely death in 1945. We now continue with the war in the Netherlands. On May 10, 1940, the Germans invade the Netherlands. At first, Tera notices little of the war. She just …

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One last time Marius

In the previous blog we saw Tera making name for herself as a malacologist and has a settled position in Amsterdam. This does not apply to her brother Marius. Marius is 11 years Tera’s senior. As children they got along well and Tera looked up to her big brother. In the photo: mother together with …

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Malacologist

In the previous blog we said goodbye to Tera’s most important teacher Max Weber. Although Tera misses him terribly, Professor Weber is less needed as a teacher. After Tera’s  return from the Dutch Easr Indies in 1932, she went back to work in Amsterdam. In 1933 she moved to the Parnassusweg in Amsterdam. The photo …

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