Shortages - Tiny van den Eerden

“On one particular day my father had to walk home from work. His bicycle had been seized. Today, in these days of plenty and regular cycle thefts, it’s difficult to imagine how upsetting you could be when that happened. At that time a bike was a highly prized possession. My father’s bike was a bit of a personalised model. Thanks to his ingenious adaptation, he used a kiddie’s tricycle wheel for the front wheel of his bike. The tricycle, with its inflatable tyres, was the one I got for my seventh birthday.” - Joep van Rijnsoever.

“The small wheel from a child’s scooter worked much better than a big wheel with wooden tyres.” - Thoma van der Peet

“Electricity was rationed. Above the living room table, where my mother repaired our woollen socks every evening, which we wore in our wooden clogs, we had a very weak light. To create more light she first spread a white tablecloth on the table.” - Maria Geraedts

Liberation didn’t bring relief with it, just the opposite. In October and November 1944 the food shortage situation was worse than ever. On 21 November the hungry residents from Eindhoven expressed their displeasure on the Frederick van Eeden Square. Shortly after this the situation got a bit better. The Allies improved the supply lines whereby food relief reached Eindhoven.


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