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erdale ; .Worksi Autobiography f ",][".fle Seni, | ]in Hollan. September 24, 1997, Cloverdale Reveille, Page 5 article series introduced Memories of the German occupation i lg article, Mobili-   of my grandfather,' putting tape up in smoke, brand new motorcy- the first in a series of  d[Y_f all over our windows, for possi- cles, that had just arrived, started scrf ,ing the experienc- '-'wr  ble glass damage, in case of air to think how he might sneak out mg boy growing up in attack. Several of my friends fam- of the compound with his own Holland that will ap-  .--1 ' flies, by now convinced that war motorcycle, that was still parked di Upcoming issues of the r ___ was inevitable, had begun dig- in the garage nearby. There was a RTei/M/5"chael Van Der :   -"-"---==== gingairsheltersintheirbackyards, guard at the gate, and my Dad  To us kids, these shelters were the didn t have any orders of course, of his experiences at !  most beautiful forts, and we but he hoped that with all the played in and around them for upheaval of the day, that he could Workshop held at the Senior Center. :1, Van Der Boon inced World War II first- ;wm__;Kveen:.. the ages of 5 and '_.lilt had a profound impact llife. "I think it was scary, very exciting. I think that I learned a lot of lessons- Michael Van Der Boon to do with hunger, and having to do without a lot of things ple take for granted. It makes me appreciate every today ltl have," he said. By Michael Van Der Boon Scheveningen, HollancL On September 1,1939 Germany invaded Poland. At first it did not seem to sink in. In Holland, as in most other countries of Europe, life went on as if war were thou- sands of miles away. Europeans gave up their last days of warmth and peace reluc- tantly. Berliners drank chocolate and sipped schnapps on sun-filled caf@ terraces, Frenchmen enjoyed an afternoon swim or a movie matinee, and Dutchmen savored the bittersweet pleasures of a late summer holiday. Still, war's reality could not be ignored. Even though Holland had been promised neutrality over and over again by the German government, in case of a widen- ing conflict, women and children began to trickle out of the cities to the safety of the countryside. Civ- il airpatrols were formed. My fa- ther, who had been in the army as a cook, three years earlier, for 22 months, along with other civilian soldiers, donned his uniform and headed for his unit, as Holland called for general mobilization of reserves. On September 3 " England de- clared war on Germany. Although things were starting to look seri- ous, my family did not believe war would come to our country, nor did anybody else, since we had been neutral in the First World War, from 1914-1918. There was a heightened sort of urgency in the streets, and even though I was not quite five years old, I remember the streets filled with soldiers, and big parades going on, at the square in front of my grandmother's house in Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague, and a popular beach re- sort on the North Sea. My Dad's unit was stationed in barracks only about 1.0 minutes from our house. We also lived in Scheveningen at the time, close to the beach. He was a motorcycle- ordinance, or messenger, which hours, playing soldier. On the morning of May 10, we were awakened by the sound of planes. At first we thought it might be maneuvers, or training exer- cises by the Dutch airforce, but as we noticed that they were shoot- ing at each other, we realized that these were German as well as Dutch planes. My Dad, Morn and I went upstairs to the loft of the house and watched, through the window as the aerial dogfights were going on right above us, and the sound of guns and engines filled our ears. It soon became clear, that the Dutch pilots were no match for the Germans. Having only a hand full of outdated planes, they were each pounced on by several Ger- man fighterplanes all at once, and were vastly out numbered. The fight did not last longer than may- be ten minutes, as the valiant Dutch pilots and their planes were failing out of the sky like flies. We suddenly realized that for us, the war had also begun. The Dutch armed forces broke a lot of the dikes that day, to flood large areas, and keep the Ger- mans from advancing. My Dad hurried back to the barracks, since he had been home on a short leave. When he arrived he was told that his unit was already sent to the border with Germany, for com- bat. He was then told to help out a small group of soldiers, that were destroying all the vehicles, motorcycles, and a few weapons left behind, so they would not fall into the hands of the enemy. This was done on the parade grounds inside the complex My father, after seeing a lot of trucks, cars and motorcycles go get away with it. He just didn't want his motorcycle to go up in smoke like the others. He told us later that in the evening after getting off duty, that he rode up to the gate several times, only to turn around again. Finally he took the chance, and rode out of the gate without being stopped by the guard. Ten min- utes later he dropped it off in our backyard and had a friend get him back to the base. My Dad later took the motorcycle com- pletely apart, oiled and greased everything real good, packed it all in potato sacks and buried the whole lot under our house. After the war ended, my Dad was one of the first ones, who rode a mo- torcycle around town. I noticed years later though, that he felt guilty about doing that, and also about not being able to have joined up with his unit at the front. He found out that most of his bud- dies had been killed trying to stop the enemy from crossing the Rhine River. They had been outnumbered, out supplied and didn't have a chance. There were accounts of Dutch marines diving in the wa- ter to engage the enemy with only a knife between their teeth, after they ran out of ammunition. They died gallantly, trying to hold back a much larger force. My father always thought he should have been there with them. After four days the Dutch forces were still holding against all odds. The en- emy was getting stuck in the flood- ed terrain, and could not advance. Hitler then decided to bring the Dutch to their knees by full scale bombing of Rotterdam, our big- gest port city. It was totally de- t age of 19, seeking adventure, he moved to Canada in 1954. 0Whis future wife, Ingrid, both arrived in Canada on the same different ships--he from Holland, and she from Nuremberg, liry. They both started living on the west end of the city of ,land both began working at Dominion Stores where they met. t Boon says it was just meant to be. H.oved to the US in 1962. Following in his father's and ilther s footsteps, Van der Boon also became a butcher, and |nostly in supermarkets in the Bay Area and San Jose as a meat I. He later opened his own wholesale meat company in g which he operated for 21 years, retiring in March of this ouple has lived in Cloverdale for the past seven years, and ghter and two sons who live in the area. der Boons return to Holland and Germany every three "Five years ago we went back and visited Ingrid s brother XWas then known as East Germany. As soon as we entered East we definitely noticed the difference, the walls were just the watch towers were still up. There was a lot of ,ru, bble second World War that still had not been cleaned up, Van said. ,, . . . ,, endore articles will follow Mobihzatwn . ]K ,verdale Autobiography Writing Workshop meets Tuesdays :$-3:45 pm at the Grange Hall. The free course is presented by Rosa Junior College as part of it s Senior's Program, and is by Scott Reid. .,. Webb sales manager speaker at WIC meeting rooks will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 1 meeting of the ]['s Improvement Club. Mr. Brooks is Sales Manager for Clover ,Del Webb s latest Northern California active adult commu- remonial ground breaking for this project located on the  oulton Ranch on S. Cloverdale blvd. is planned for Sept. 30 Llt,,C meeting begins at 1 pm in the Pat Hare Room in the .e Library and the program follows a short business meet- jib,ors are cordially invited to come and hear this interesling ltion on development in the community. l.tlub will hold a raffle drawing at the regular meeting on Dec. Ann Matteoli has announced that prizes will be a n Holland stroyed. In 15 minutes, 841 people were killed. Holland had no choice, on May 15% it capitulated. For us the war had come like an auto accident; too rapid and too catastrophic. The last day, May 15% my Dad was patrolling the countryside, looking for German paratroopers, he never saw any, although large numbers came down elsewhere. Some were dressed in Dutch clothes or uni- forms. We had a password on our side, which was "Scheveningen", a word that German's cannot say without a heavy accent. Since we had capitulated, my Dad was discharged, changed to civilian clothes and came home without being taken prisoner of war. It was the beginning of a long war for us all. Redwood Empire Lyric Theatre's season opens 10/17 Redwood Empire Lyric Theatre, one of Sonoma County's leading musical troupes, has resurfaced and reorganized. The season opens Oct. 17 with the escapades of "Orpheus in the Underworld". Jacques Often- bach's comic operata follows the gods, goddesses and mortals from Heaven to Hades as they are sub- jected to the whims of Public Opin- ion. The show runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 26. The second show of the season, an original cabaret show, "Two- Step to Showtime", runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 8, 1988. The final show is Mozart's com- ic opera, "Cosi Fan Tutte" ("Wom- en Are Like That"), taking center stage Jan. 30 through Feb. 8. 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