A Boy From Flakkee (Paperback)
It was on December 15, 1928 when a boy by the name of Roel Krijgsman, also known as Roland Krygsman, was born to Dutch parents on the island of Goeree and Overflakkee in the southwest region of the Netherlands. It was depression time that not only affected the United States, but also in Europe and other parts of the World. Survival was only for the strong. The weak and timid would perish under the world's oppression. It was a time that many would never forget. It was about survival, obtaining food, clothing, shelter, and achieving employment. Watching out for one another became a family affair. Work was scarce, along with food and money. The young and old alike persisted in their efforts to make ends meet. It is through the eyes and collective thoughts of this little boy from Holland that we are introduced to his more than ordinary life near the North Sea. As life goes on, many follow the same road from childhood to adulthood. It is through life changing circumstances that ultimately shape our well-being. What happens in our lives and what we learn will define us in what we become and achieve. The autobiography of Roland's life is indeed extraordinary. The stories of his life, his loves, his adventures, and his quest to succeed in life are imaginable, but yet remind us of our human nature and our ever increasing need to live our lives to the fullest. Modernization was unheard of. There was no television, or modern appliances like a washer, dryer, and refrigerator. People were poor and many families were quite large. Roland came from a family of seven children. He was the second oldest of six brothers and one sister. As many families found out, each day was a struggle. For the Krygsman family, growing up during the depression period meant that they all needed to work together. Each child was to be treated equally. Each received just enough to survive.
About the Author:
Roland Krygsman, AKA Roeland Krijgsman, was born on the island of Goeree-OverFlakkee on December 15, 1928 in the town of Middleharnis, The Netherlands. From the Great Depression, to the Second World War, life was always a struggle. As he grew up, he would ultimately carve out his own path and establish his own roots. Through his many adventures on the island to immigrating to America, he persevered through it all. He and his wife Lena settled in a town known as Clifton, New Jersey and currently live in the Dutch Hill section of that town. His story was originally left for his children and grandchildren. However his story was so extradinary, he felt it should be shared with the world. Each day is a gift. His hope is that many will appreciate what they have, rather than what they don't have. Life is about family; protecting it, nurturing it, and encouragement for growth. If he's not walking his four legged companion "Max" he'll be at his work bench dissecting some electrical motor or something else for scrap. Most of his days are uneventful. His highlights are time with his children and grandchildren when they visit Oma and Opa. When given the opportunity, he still to this day shares his stories with neighbors, and those who pass by while sitting on his front porch with his devoted friend Max. Ask him about his life? Well, you better sit down with a cup of coffee in hand and are prepared to listen till he can't remember anymore. . . .