Henri Nouwen | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Heroism, Heimwee- homecoming hero, what feeds you?

Heroism, Heimwee- homecoming hero, what feeds you?
Heimwee- homecoming hero, what feeds you? “Just appreciate us. And consider us survivors, not heroes. I am not a hero; I’m strictly a survivor.“ from Veteran Wilbur Sharpe, this Memorial Day about being a POW in Germany from June 1943 to Jan. 21, 1945 (Ashburn Patch Newspaper, Ashburn, VA). He suffered acute hardshiop. Months after liberation to the Russian allies and enroute back to American allies, he still weighted only 94 pounds.  In the POW camp, Red Cross packages save their lives. Red Cross packages were turned over to the prisoners every 10 days, after the German captors,...
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Homesickness-Heimwee Epilogue

Homesickness-Heimwee Epilogue
(read Dutch Heritage page first) Epilogue circa 1970’s, me. For some reason, I have not been able to put my feet on my Dutch-Frisian home soil again. Beloved family members drove Pake (Frisian grandfather), Mammie and I over antiek weggetjes (antique roads) to find my grandparents’ last farm house – the home I yearned for. Finally we were there. We had the clearest of views, 25 meters away, but… We. were. not. there. not there. The home with the attic window I had once looked out of was across the canal. I was on the reverse of my six year old child experience (Dutch Heritage page).  No...
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