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October 8, 1997, Cloverdale Reveille, Page 9 quest for slave labor threatens Holland's people is the third part of a continuing series wmtten b Michael van der Boon at the 9graphy Writing Workshop be- at the Cloverdale Senior Center Thurs- 1-3 pro. This class is taught by Scott is free. Presented by the Santa Rosa r College Seniors' Program, the class always new participants. van der Boon retired in March of this was the former owner of Van der Boon Co. in Healdsburg. He and his wife Ingrid in Cloverdale for six years and have a and two sons who live in the area. Van was born in Holland. III van der Boon spring of 1943, it became clear to the Reich" that they needed more and slave labor for their factories in Germa- also to clean up the rubble left from bombing. because of this, that all over German Europe, and also in Holland, so razzias were being held. The word p. The nazis would cordon off 'city blocks at a time and systematically to house searches for eligible men, the ages of 17 and 45, ff I am not Actually, they would first post an- all over the city, for men be- ages, to appear at a certain hour urb outside their homes, with a blanket tfew clothes and were then picked up by and transported to Germany. not too many men would adhere commands, and most were hiding in their own homes, in some of places. If men were found they were usually mistreated, or some times shot. Towards the the war, things had gotten so nasty, , sometimes would just shoot through and walls with their guns, in order to expedite their searches. I was living at home with my father, mother and sister. I was eight, my sister was only 3 years old. My father, like so many other men, was hiding out in our house under the floor- boards. The area was about 15 to 20 feet, with a white sandy bottom, it was only three feet high, so that one could never really stand up and stretch. It was underneath the living room. We had a hearth, or coal stove, on one,wall, which was not being used anyway, because we didn't have anything to burn. It had a mantle above it with family pictures and a clock. When you moved the stove over, there was a small trap-door cut out in the floor. My father and our neighbor Peter had been hiding underneath the floor for about six months off and on. Once in a while, maybe three or four times a month, they would come out, and spend the night in their own bed. My dad was about 28 yeas old, and Peter was 30. They had a king-size mattress, some blankets, and their most prized possession, a small battery-run radio, to which they could listen. The highlight every night was the BBC news from London with details from the war. It was the only time the radio was used, because if you were found with one, it meant jail or concentration camp. Trucks with listening devices were going around sometimes, to detect if anyone was listening. My mother and I would move the stove aside at mealtimes to hand food down to my father and other necessary things like toiletries, clothes, a potty etc. To show his face during the day, around the house was very tricky to say the least, because you never knew, who might be looking in. Of course my mother had told us many times, not to tell anybody, it was our secret. One day my father decided, that since things had been pretty quite for awhile, as far as razzias were concerned, that he was going to spend the night in his own bed for a change. Everything went along fine, till about 5 o'clock in the morning, it was just starting to get light. The doorbell rang and for some unexplained reason, my father, whether still half asleep or whatever, jumped out of bed, and walked up to the door to see who it was. Our front door had a small window at eye-level, covered on the inside with a glass curtain, through which you could look outside, but not inside very easily. When my father looked through the win- dow, he froze in his tracks. Outside stood a German officer with two soldiers, I never saw my dad run back and jump in the hole so fast as that time. It must have been a record. In the meanwhile, it took several minutes to close the hatch and move the stove back in its place. By now the soldiers were banging on the door. My mother tying to get her nerves under control as best as possible, hurried to the door, while I tended to my little sister, Ronalda. We were all scared stiff. The sol- diers stepped into the hallway and my moth- er was asked where her husband was, to which she answered that he was working in Germany, for the war effort, but that she had not heard from him for a long time. Luckily, my mother spoke German quite well, which did not go unnoticed by the soldiers, and seemed to relax them a bit. Never the less, the whole house was searched from top to bottom, with my dad hiding out only a few feet away. We all held our breath. We found out later, that Peter, our neighbor, was also upstairs in his house, having spent the night in his own bed as well. He had his own trapdoor. Our houses were all connect- ed like row-houses. When they came to his house, he jumped over the back fence into our yard, where my mother took him in, and herded him back under the floorboards. After what seemed like an eternity, the soldiers were satisfied with their search. How- ever the scariest moment of the whole affair was still to come. As they were leaving, the officer bent down on one knee, and struck up a conversation with my sister, he spoke a little Dutch. Apparently, they had learned in their searches, that small children, when tricked, sometimes will tell surprising things. He asked my sister, "where is your Daddy?" To our horror, my sister pointed straight at the stove and said, "Thas where my Daddy is." It stunned my mother for a moment, but then quickly recovering, she walked to the mantle-piece and calmly picked up a picture with my Dad on it. You're right," she said to my sister, "That's your Daddy." The officer accepted the explanation. That move by mother probably saved my Dad's life. The soldiers finally left, and a minute later, we were made aware by knocking, that Peter was standing in our backyard. When we once more opened the hatch to hide him, my mother got a big hug from my Dad. Six months later, my father was caught on the street at night, trying to saw down a tree for firewood, and sent to a camp in Germany. Watchers program starts 10/30 International, Inc. wilt bring its 1-2-3 Success L to Cloverdale with an organizational meeting Thursday, Oct. t 7 .m. in the First Baptist Church, 450 So. Franklin St. meeting is scheduled at the same location Thursday, :30 at 7p.m. According to Weight Watchers Regional Director, Turley, the plan converts foods to a simple points system it easier for the client to keep track of each days progress. News at Noon features Artist Jim Gray The Cloverdale Chamber's popular NEWS at NOON lunch program is scheduled for Friday; Oct. 10 at 11:45 a.m. m the Chamber offices, 105 N. Clordale Blvd. The event is cospon- sored by Briarwood Park and Exchange Bank. Topics will include: Business Attraction in Cloverdale by Economic Development Com- missioner, Werner Schwan, owner of Total Cargo; Cloverdale Pride Activities, by Economic Development Commissioner Rick Thomas; CloverdMe Gourmet Club by Wine Center Board member, and Hot New Chamber Projects, by Chamber Board member John Dcble. SRJC offers course on small business management An intensive, 40 hour training program on small business management is available for free to Sonoma County business owners through the Redwood Empire Small Business Develop- ment Center. The training program, which begins Oct. 18, is supported by the California Employment Training Panel and includes 33 hours of classroom instruction and seven hours of in-depth consulting for each participating business. Topics to be covered include: financial analysis, sales cost ,and inventory control, business planning, and internal operations. Sonoma County business owners who have been in business at least one year and who have at least one full-time employee and no more than nine full-time employees are eligible to participate in the training at no cost. A $200 deposit is required from all participants. The deposit will be returned if two conditions are met: 1) the business owner must complete the full 40 hours of training and 2) ninety days after the business owner has completed training, the business must have at least the same number of full time employees it had when the owner began the entrepreneurial training. "The support of the California Training Panel gives us the opportunity to provide concentrated, in-depth management training to Sonoma County businesses," explained Chuck Rob- bins, director of the Small Business Development Center. The training will be offered at a location provided by the City of Windsor. The training begins Saturday, Oct. 18 and will include three 8-hour Saturday sessions and three 3-hour week- day evening sessions, followed by the seven hours of individual consulting. Vitlt Peking Palace for a spectacular experience In Chinese dining. (Above) Lucy Huang and her two children, Joe and Cindy. Peking Palace celebrates 8th anniversary After a brief interruption, Peking Palace reopened May 23, and the Huang family is celebrating their eighth anniversary in Cloverdale this year. "At Peking Palace we create memorable meals of balance and harmony. By serving the best Mandarin, Szechuan, Cantonese and vegetarian cuisine, we present to you a very special culinary diet. We use only 100% vegetable oil in our dishes and our food is always fresh, healthy and tasty," Restaurateur Lucy Huang said. She and her husband, David, offer family style dinners, served for two or:more persons and individual platters of sea food, poultry, soup, pork, beeL and more. They also cater and have a banquet room available .for booking. Be sure to stop in and try their spectacular specials: Orange. Chicken Pinenuts Chicken, and Sesame Chicken. Their restaurant was recently featured in Motorland travel magazine article about a man's search for the "world's best Chinese restaurant". Peking Palace is located at 102 S. Cloverdale Blvd., and is open Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 am to 9:30 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 am to 10 pm. They are closed Mondays. Their take-out food line is 894-4097. ,ALE DIRECTORY CLOVERDALE DIRECTORY s CLOVERDALE DIRECTORY CLOVERDALE DIRECTORY Lowest Possible Fares FIESTA TRAVEL The tta r Works TOYOTA )t My Large 1 Topldng Pizza Just $9.95 With This Coulxml Try (Is Again for the First Tkne 'readway & South Cloverdale Blvd. in the =New" Furber Ranch Shopping Center Especially for Flowers andDecorations by Macyanna Wed'ngs, SpecmlParties, HoFufays Box883, Cfoverdafe, CA 95425 (707)894-5219 ; iii::!ii?:!:!:!::i:i"''" "i::Y .`....`......:..::.:::..i::::...........:...:?.:.....!:i::!:i:: .;;:.:;:;:.z::E ................. : ..................... -.::, .......... RICK GURRIES Lic. No 267621 Clover Electric, Inc. - Closed Circuit "IV Systems Designed & Installed 40 Ft. 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