The War in the Corner: Chronicle of a village in wartime Netherlands

Copyright 2012 by Jan Braakman

Translated by Sara van Otterloo-Butler and Diane Schaap

Published by Diamond River Books at Smashwords

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Review by Mark Zuehlke, author of the Canadian Battle Series:

“Jan Braakman's War in the Corner offers an insightful, dramatic, and evocative examination of the experiences of one small Netherlands community during World War II. The stories of resistance patriots, German sympathizers and agents, people who hid Jews and downed Allied airmen are rendered in compelling detail, but so too is the story of more ordinary citizens who sought only to survive an extremely difficult time. Braakman's journey into the past to understand what happened to his family and hometown of Laren during the occupation and subsequent liberation by Canadian troops is a story that resonates.”


To my parents.

Will peace ever give back what the war took away?


The English translation and publication of this book has been made possible by a donation from the family of rifleman David R. Stringer of the Royal Regiment of Canada, as a memorial to him and the efforts of the 1st Canadian Army in the liberation of the Netherlands.

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