Gathering clouds

A gripping story that takes place in the Amsterdam ghetto, 1943 – as experienced by the author’s father.

By TSWI J. HERSCHEL
April 4, 2013 14:18
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Although spring is approaching, it remains cold and bleak. It is the end of April and the oppressive dampness of the last few weeks only increases the longing for spring. The buds on the trees in our street are thick and need only the least ray of sun to open them up. The grass on the embankment in front of our house is turning light green. Everything indicates that nature is renewing itself. Birds sing and are busy building their nests. Our life should be in step with this natural course.

The equilibrium that we ought to enjoy in order to build up our young family is being impeded by the German occupation forces that are restricting the freedom of the Jews. The independence of the Dutch Jews is becoming increasingly limited from day to day. No day seems to pass without a new decree being issued which we Jews have to obey.

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