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Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience is Carolyne Van Der Meer’s creative reinterpretation through short stories, poems, and essays of the experiences of her mother and other individuals who spent their childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland or were deeply affected by wartime in Holland. The book documents the author’s personal journey as she uncovers her mother’s past through their correspondence and discussion and through research in the Netherlands. Motherlode also considers mother–daughter relationships and the effect of wartime on motherhood.

Motherlode is not about recording precise historical data; rather, it attempts to recover and interpret the complex emotions of the individuals growing up in wartime. The book is based on interviews with the author’s mother and other Dutch Canadians, interviews with and letters from Canadian Jewish war veterans, and information provided by individuals with direct or indirect experience of the Dutch Resistance. The creative pieces explore onderduik (going into/being in hiding), life in an occupied country, the work of the Dutch Resistance, liberation, collective and individual cultural memory, and the way in which wartime childhoods shaped adulthood for these individuals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1: Finding the Motherlode
  2. pp. 7-7
  1. Journal Entry – 18 July 2010
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Going Home
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. Parched
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Journal Entry – 19 July 2010
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Letters from a War Child
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. Nine Ways to Happiness in Wartime
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Marijke’s Song
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. Journal Entry – 20 July 2010
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. The Poem about Hiding Jews
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Cat Got Your Tongue?
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. How Do You Know?
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. My Education
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. Journal Entry – 21 July 2010
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. The Librarian
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. The Hiding Place
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. The Hunting Game
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. Negotiating with the SS
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Journal Entry – 22 July 2010
  2. pp. 34-39
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  1. Motherlode
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. My Mother’s Voice
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. The Root Cellar
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. The Hunger Winter, 1944–45
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. A Conversation
  2. pp. 45-45
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  1. The Walls Have Ears
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Where We Hid Them
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  1. Journal Entry – 22 July 2010
  2. pp. 48-50
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  1. Stimpie Stampie at the New Dorrius
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  1. The Bartender
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  1. The Red Boots
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  1. Listening to the Radio
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. The SS Came at Night
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. Journal Entry – 23 July 2010
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. Speculaas on the Prinsengracht
  2. pp. 58-58
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  1. Alarm
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Journal Entry – 24 July 2010
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. 2: The Children
  2. pp. 65-65
  1. The War Begins
  2. pp. 66-66
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  1. Onderduik, 1944
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. We All Took Part
  2. pp. 68-68
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  1. The Risks He Took
  2. pp. 69-69
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  1. Learning Curve
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. Soldier Boy
  2. pp. 71-71
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  1. Christmas Eve 1943
  2. pp. 72-72
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  1. The Beef Tongue
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  1. Wool Was Hard to Get
  2. pp. 74-74
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  1. The Collection
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  1. The Walnut Tree
  2. pp. 76-76
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  1. The American Soldier
  2. pp. 77-77
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  1. What Lisbeth Knows
  2. pp. 78-78
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  1. No Visible Injury
  2. pp. 79-79
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  1. God in de Hemel
  2. pp. 80-80
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  1. Bittersweet
  2. pp. 81-81
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  1. The Bouquet
  2. pp. 82-85
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  1. Liberation in Nijmegen
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Institut Henri Jaspar, Brussels
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  1. 3: The Survivors
  2. pp. 89-89
  1. Manna from Heaven
  2. pp. 90-90
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  1. A Dutch Jew Looks at the Facts
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Real Estate Value
  2. pp. 93-93
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  1. Riches to Rags
  2. pp. 94-94
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  1. Staas
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  1. Teaching Kindergarten
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  1. Accuracy
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  1. Thunder and Lightning
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  1. The Department Store
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  1. War’s Insidious Bite
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  1. Altje, 1942
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  1. 4: The Fighters
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  1. The Story Wasn’t True
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  1. Girl in a Flowered Dress
  2. pp. 107-107
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  1. Lotte’s Journey
  2. pp. 108-108
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  1. The Namesake
  2. pp. 109-109
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  1. Dear Folks, Love Ralph
  2. pp. 110-110
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  1. The Outline
  2. pp. 111-111
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  1. Homage to a Canadian Soldier
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. Stationed in Veghel
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  1. The Soldier Watches Retribution
  2. pp. 115-115
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  1. Occupation Duty
  2. pp. 116-118
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  1. Afterword: The Complexity of Belonging
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. Glossary of Dutch Terms
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  1. Series Page
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