Aartswould, North Holland today is a quiet farming community north of Amsterdam. This is the village where Harry grew up when he experienced the Nazi occupation from 1940-1945. A focal point of the village is the large church with a flat top steeple. Nazis used the steeple as a vantage point to watch the village below during occupation.
Harry’s Story Documentary
The documentary, ‘Harry’s Story’ is about the childhood memories of Harry Andringa when he lived in Holland with his family during the Nazi invasion in 1940. He recalls the hiding of Jews in his family home to prevent Jews being sent to concentration or death camps. At the age of 25, Harry immigrated to Canada and worked as a TTC bus driver in Toronto for many years. After retirement he moved to the small village of Flinton, Ontario with his wife Fim and son David. Harry took a keen interest in volunteerism as a way to say thanks to Canada and the Allies for ending 5 years of Nazi brutality and ending the War in Europe in 1945. Harry’s memories are preserved in his documentary.