On Tuesday evening October 6 Robert Weineke spoke to the Middletown Aviation Club on his experiences as a child in WW2 in Holland.
The German troops took five days to occupy the lowland country of Netherlands/Holland. When the troops came in by leveling the city of Rotterdam on May 10th,1940, they threatened to do the same to the city of Amsterdam if the people did not submit to the occupation by German troops. From that time on, Bob adjusted to a different way of life – aircraft flying overhead (if you heard the whine of an airplane about to crash, the technique was to run toward the plane knowing that it would then go over you to crash), bombs landing to blow up RR tracks or roads, hiding people, school in a paint factory, unable to own a radio or look at pamphlets dropped by the Allies without threat of reprisal, shortage of food and food rationing, trading for things using your possessions rather than currency, absence of electricity after an attack in 1944 to after the end of the war in 1945. The people of the Netherlands were liberated by the Canadian Army. The Allies dropped foodstuffs and medical supplies as soon as they were liberated.