Harry and Fim Andringa attended the screening of the documentary “Harry’s Story” at the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives on November 25, 2017. Organized by Rob Plumley (Community Development Officer) and Jane Foster (Manager, Museum & Archives), the small screening took place in the beautiful meeting room of the Museum. Once the County jail, the Museum and Archives has been transformed to be the premier meeting venue in Napanee after the extensive renovation program a few years ago.
The documentary was produced by Ken and Cathy Hook of Cloyne and is available for public viewing on Harry’s website. Harry’s Story is about the memories of a 9 year old boy growing up in Holland during the Nazi occupation during WWII. Harry explains the horrors of war and the impact upon the citizens of Holland, waiting for liberation by the Allies. The documentary is meant to be shared as much as possible and can be easily downloaded for free for public viewing, in 4K resolution. Harry’s Story can also be seen on YouTube as a Trailer and full-length video. It is non-monetized.
During the Nazi occupation of Holland, Dutch money was worthless. To get food citizens traded anything of value to receive a bag of grain or other food. Harry tells an amusing story about a farmer with potatoes who made a bad trade.
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.
“Harry’s Story” documentary launch at the Northbrook Lions Hall was mentioned in the November 9th, 2017 edition of the Frontenac News. Jeff Green wrote the article and attended the public launch on October 25th. Later Jeff interviewed Harry Andringa to answer some questions he had regarding Harry’s immigration to Canada. Harry’s wife, Fim also talked to Jeff about the refugee crisis in the world today. See the full story here.
What a great turnout to the public launch of ‘Harry’s Story’ at the Northbrook Lions Hall! Several members of Harry’s family attended too and quickly posed for the above photo. Thanks to the Land O’ Lakes Lions for providing the Hall for the launch and the Cloyne and District Historical Society for providing refreshments. Harry answered some questions afterwards and gave special recognition to WWII Veteran Gordon Wood who was in attendance.
The trailer video of Harry’s Story has been well circulated and now is the time to set a date for public release. In partnership with the Cloyne and District Historical Society and the Lions Club of Land O’ Lakes Inc., we are pleased to launch Harry’s Story with a public viewing on October 25th at 7 pm in the Northbrook Lions Hall.
Harry Andringa is planning to attend and will answer questions after the 38 minute presentation.
Refreshments will be served.
Please join us learn why there is a special bond between the Dutch and Canadians!
Thank you for visiting our blog. Harry’s Story documentary is now complete and is available free, online. Harry Andringa kindly let Ken and Cathy Hook interview him and ask questions about his experiences during the war. Harry used to visit local schools in the fall months, around Remembrance Day, and tell high school children about the hardships his family faced after Nazi occupation in his village. He explains how everything changed when the Nazis arrived. He explains about the ‘Hunger Winter’ when thousands of Dutch citizen starved to death when the Nazis cut-off food supplies.
Harry’s family hid Jews from the Nazis. Being caught was punishable by sent to a concentration camp or death for the Jews and the Dutch families.He describes concentration and death camps including the infamous Auschwitz. His memories are supported by vintage war footage from the Canadian Army Newsreels.
Harry hopes that telling his memories of WWII in Holland will educate children into the horrors of war and what can happen when dictators and oppression can go unchecked. History should not be able to repeat itself again.
View the complete documentary on YouTube.
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