Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Miriam Troostwyk - May 28, 1998 and June 3, 1999

War News


You listened to the--you listened to the radio.


Um, so you knew the war news.


And you were in...

And we had a very big uh, um, ???, uh...

A map.

Yeah, a map, on the wall with pins--with red and blue and white uh, on the hat, hat. And they were fighting at Smolensk and Kiev and Stalingrad and there and we always put it...

And you got information from, from the radio about these ??? ?

Only from the radio.

Tell me about the Battle Arnhem.

Battle of Arnhem started in 1944 in September--twenty-first of September, I think, the third week of September or something. Well, the--it was not the Americans, it were the English who uh, uh, started in Arnhem and that was a Bridge Too Far, we had, uh...

The movie...

they wanted to invade there, but the--they couldn't come through. So we saw all the big planes coming over our house and we were outside and waving and, and, and, and screaming, maybe they couldn't understand us or something. And that was in the backyard, we were. But there were other backyards next to each other, so people saw us. And we thought, well, they are fighting now, now they gets hope. But it took uh, ...til next year, April, ...til they came. And that were not the English, it were the Canadians.

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