The bombings - Gerda Evers


“We lived in Aalst on the Emmastraat. During a night bombardment which hit houses further up the street, we fled with our whole family. My father thought it was too dangerous to stay. The most important things were packed into the pram. Later we walked to the farm which belonged to the Zwetsloot family, where more families had taken refuge. We all lived together in the cow shed. Each family had an area divided off with bails of straw. We stayed there a long time. I remember my mother cooking outdoors on a furnace stove or something like that. I don’t know why I drew British planes. I think it may have been something I later imagined because as a young child I wouldn’t have an understanding of those type of things.” - Gerda Evers

The bombings

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