Tuesday, August 20, 2019

When Is It Time For Resistance? And How Do You Know? Trump Has Concentration Camps... And Pelosi Is Funding Them


This evening I got a nice e-mail from a publicist for a book publisher. She wrote:
Dear Howie,

Last year an obituary in the Washington Post exploded, drawing almost 700 comments and a firestorm on social media: Freddie Oversteegen, Dutch Resistance fighter who killed Nazis through seduction, dies at 92. There’s an incredibly controversial story here of three teenage Dutch Resistance fighters who did what they did "because it had to be done." They learned to shoot, to seduce and liquidate targeted Nazis and their collaborators, to attack and bomb railways and other strategic places, to gather information, to help Jews and children find safe places to hide, and to steal identification papers for them. Remarkably, Dutch lecturer and author, Sophie Poldermans personally knew sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen for over 20 years and worked with them for over a decade as a board member of the National Hannie Schaft Foundation. Poldermans tells their harrowing story and that of Hannie Schaft’s in her new book, Seducing and Killing Nazis-- Hannie, Truus, and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of WWII [SWW Press, August 2019].

In Seducing and Killing Nazis, Poldermans answers and provides:
Her personal relationships with Freddie and Truus over the last 20 years, and how they survived the burden of their past
Knowing the Oversteegen sisters personally and the story of Hannie, what drove these young women/girls to the armed resistance? What is it that made them take up arms in order to fight the enemy?
What specific action of resistance made the three young women, Hannie Schaft and the sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen, famous?
A full historical account and objective research, including witness interviews, around the lives and resistance work of these three women
The political aftermath and fight for recognition after the war in detail, and why this story is important today
Archived photos and precise maps that accompany the history, including liquidation spots
Interested in a review copy or interview/Feature with Sophie Poldermans?
I was interested-- very interested-- and decided to respond by sending this old post and asking the publicist to read the final paragraph.

I lived in Amsterdam for nearly 4 years back in the 1970s. One of my closest friends, Eveline Pommier, had a French father and Dutch mother, Hilda Pommier Van Norden, a decorated heroine of the Dutch Resistance. Among our friendship circle in Amsterdam, I was the only one with a car at the time and we used to visit her mother in Paris frequently. Besides being a resistance hero, her mother was a talented painter and very easy to bond with. We developed a friendship over the years. Her daughter, my friend Eveline, was still in her early twenties when she took a trip to India. She died there. It was emotionally devastating for Hilda, for me and for my closest friend in Amsterdam, Toon, her old boyfriend, and for all of our friends.

As the years and decades passed by I always made a point of visiting Paris as often as I could and always visited Hilda when I was in Paris. I always wanted to tape her stories about fighting the Nazis as a young woman in her twenties, the age of Eveline when I knew her. But, regrettably, I never got it together.

A couple of years ago I was in Paris for a little holiday but Hilda wasn't there. She was 95 and fragile of mind and body and was back in Amsterdam being looked after by her family. Toon kept me up on her condition and I was thinking of making a quick side trip to Amsterdam to say hello. He said she wouldn't recognize me. I didn't go and while we were in Paris she passed away, peacefully in her bed. She blew up a Nazi troop train when she was 23 years old. I don't know anyone else who ever did that. THAT'S Resistance-- a 23 year old Dutch girl and her 2 brothers going out into the country with a plan... and pulling it off. I hope it never comes to that here. Oh, I really, really do. Please, God, don't let it come to that here. What would I do? What would you do? The Dutch government gave her a medal and a pension for what she did.

This is a self-portrait of Eveline. I have a print of it in my house and I see it everyday...

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At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would we do? the answer is nothing.

we've seen this shithole form and expand for 40 years. And all we ever do is empower the pelosis and democraps to continue it.

The time for resistance STARTED 40 years ago when the dlc corrupted the party of fdr. we elected the architect of that corruption to the office of president.

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Richard Langly said...

9:45, History lesson: For my generation, the time for resistance started 55 years ago and we took to the streets. Then, we became complacent and now we watch the people of Hong Kong and Moscow on our TVs in the comfort of our living rooms. Once in a great while, we have a million women marching in Washington but it's not even close to being enough. STRIKE! FDR said "Make me" but we don't now.

At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Who knew that Langly could actually make a cogent comment without insulting and denigrating someone else over their comments?

At 3:05 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

I saw Hilda a few years ago when our Dutch friends took us on a tour of Belgium and we spent some time in Amsterdam. We were walking around with T and M and just happened to bump into Hilda on the street - she was in a wheelchair being pushed by her niece, who also had a moment of fame about her role in a radio show off of a boat - a movie was made out of it. I cried. I had not met Hilda before but of course knew Eveline way back and had been in her apartment in Paris with you. T knows a lot about Hilda's heroism.

At 5:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hone or whomever, what was the title of that movie? I'd be interested in seeing it.

Also, kudos to Rich.

At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Gizmo said...

12:50 - The answer to your question is- All of us who find his comments constructive and useful, even the ones directed at a jerk like you. You even insult him while complementing him, but you always insult us all. GFY.

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love idiots like 6:58, all puffy with self-superiority and having nothing at all to add to any lucid discussion.

Daily Kos is down a couple of levels and to the right. Don't let the gathering begin without you!

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Juror #2 said...

I'm with Rich Langly and Gizmo. Good vibes to them both. So pathetic how the Democraps clown proves their points every time he responds to them. He doesn't even realize it. He can't help himself. Even shock therapy wouldn't help.

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Counsel wants to thank and dismiss Juror #2 for being #2.

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juror#2, what point does Langley/Gizmo/you usually make? That they are annoyed and know how to hurl insults? Does that illuminate any points made on this site at all?

He made a fine point here. That stands on its own.

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see 2:03 (Democraps) is back to showing his fixation with shit. I recall others pointing out his toilet training issue but it's sad whatever his mommy did to him so long ago still follows him around. The points his detractors make are about his insults and condescension to the site's readers and writers. He tries to deflect from that and fails.

At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of you and your comments to the "Democrap" who constantly whines and bitches about every article written on DWT - thank you! I agree completely and just wish whomever it is (he or she) would just go quietly into the night never to be heard from again.


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