Explore a Dutch youth’s 200km journey into hiding from Amsterdam’s Hongerwinter, eventually his life saved by Canadian soldiers on his 17th birthday on April 13, 1945.
71 years later, his 17 year-old granddaughter (accompanied by his 49 year-old son) revisit her Opa’s wartime story with the help of audio, archival images, social media, and live video streaming.
This media arts initiative brings to life memory and archives for a new generation considering WWII and challenges popular thinking on internal refugee policies during times of war. It gives voice to Elder’s carrying these memories, and considers digital strategies to bring archives, journalism, and hidden stories to life for a new generation.
The project consists of events in Canada and research and documentation in Nederland. The project launch took place on 5 Mei Bevrijdingsdag in Vancouver. The event was a big success with Vancouver’s DUDOC full to capacity, and opening remarks setting the stage from Netherlands’ Consul General Gert Heijkoop. Photos from social media crew AHA Media can be found here.
During a three-week documentation tour in August 2016, direct research, interviews with subjects, and documentation is taking place from Amsterdam to Drenthe. Please view follow along with Twitter and Instagram and Periscope live video posts.
In Vancouver, Canada on November 10, 2016 a report-back for highschool students will be held in East Vancouver.