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To All Our Children
The Story of Postwar Dutch Immigration to Canada
by Van der Mey, Albert
This large coffee-table book is back in print. To All Our Children describes in extensive detail the process of wanting to leave one's home and extended family, making preparations for emigrating, saying farewell, embarking on ships (which in some cases were nothing more than troop transport ships) and the misery of seasickness, to sighting land and stepping off the boat for new adventures on foreign soil among people who spoke a different language and had "strange" traditions and ways.
Starting afresh on foreign soil means overcoming obstacles. The Dutch faced many of those! Anyone who reads this book will learn to deeply appreciate the courage of past immigrants: their parents and/or grandparents, perhaps, along with the rest of that generation.
Hardcover, 512 pages, Richly illustrated, lists thumbnail sketches and a picture of "immigrant" ships - including the Groote Beer, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Ryndam II, Seven Seas, Sibajak, Volendam, Waterman, Zuiderkruis, Stella, and Zaandam. Wall plaques featuring these ships (and other great gift ideas!) are also available at goDutch.com
USD 31.95 / CAD 39.95