THE INVADER PROVOKES
THE SAME FEELINGS EVERYWHERE
We have reproduced here an article published by France, the French
daily newspaper in London. This article, written by a Dutchman,
could just as well have been written by a Belgian, by a Norwegian,
a Greek, a Czech, a Pole, or, of course, by a Frenchman. Because
everywhere the invader and his accomplices provoke the same implacable
carefully prepared their attack, the Germans thought that they would
unite Europe in slavery. Today, when their armies are sustaining
bloody defeats, they are realising that rather than uniting Europe
in slavery they have actually united it in its quest for liberation
and for the settling of scores.
Dutch are here
..". This is what a Dutch commander of
an anti-submarine craft said to the German commander of a small
warship, sunk in the Channel.
fished him out with a group of his men. When the Boche went into
the Dutch commander's cabin he was astonished to see a large portrait
of Queen Wilhemine hanging on the wall. "What
are still fighting at sea" he exclaimed.
didn't know, the poor man! This fact had been hidden from him in
the same way that so many facts have been hidden from the Germans.
They are fighting their blitzkrieg in shadows.
the Dutch are here. And they will fight as long as the Boches remain
unconquered and they will resist as long as the Boches are still
in Holland. One day they will throw them out with an almost sadistic
memory of Rotterdam lives in each of us like a wound"
It is the Boches who have changed the Dutch people in this respect.
This people were tranquil and good-natured, lovers of business and
peace and, above all, liberty.
they are a people who shouldn't be irritated for too long. The Dutch
are a little like the English. For a long time they stay unruffled.
Then, at a certain point, they have had enough and that's it. One
can cajole them, try to convince them with vague and gentle promises
but they won't buy it.
Dutch people have sworn an implacable hatred for the Germans and
they will only assuage this hatred at the end of this war when they
give you proof of this I'll tell you a story, the story of a true
Dutch patriot who met up with his friend, another true Dutch patriot.
At this point, I must tell you that 97% of the Dutch are like this.
The 3% who are traitors, the Dutch nazis of Mussert are closely
watched by the rest of the population.
on meeting his friend the true Dutchman found that he was looking
worried. "What's wrong with you, mate?" He asked. "Haven't
you been able to get any rations? Did a Boche sit next to you on
"No", he replied, "but my Dutch nazi has gone."
"How do you mean, 'gone'?"
"He left for the Russian front, against his will, but his bosses
"But I don't understand, why has this upset you?"
"But, you well know, he was my own nazi. I was to deal with
him on the day of deliverance. Now I shall have nothing to do on
is how the Dutch think. They speak openly amongst themselves of
the famous day, as it is known in our country, not as the 'H hour'*,
even though many Dutchmen have an axe hidden for this day of the
the Dutch have become like that. And who's to blame, if not those
who assassinated our women and children in the streets of Rotterdam,
who have helped the invader and still support them in their effort
to break the spirit of resistance, who rob us of our worldly goods
and our independence?
memory of Rotterdam lives in each of us like a wound. The deaths
of our hostages burn in our hearts as a terrible outrage. But the
symbol of the House of Orange guides us on our path, the path which
will end in liberty, because we will never accept slavery. Never.
*I may well be wrong but I think the author of the article is
using a play on words here. 'H' in the French alphabet is pronounced
in the same way as Hache (axe). Thus, in French, even though the
day is not known as 'L'heure H' many Dutchmen still have 'un hache'
hidden. I don't know if 'H hour' was a military expression similar
by Annabel Forbes