My mother was a teenager living in Hoek Van Holland during the war. She tells me stories of the hardship during the war and how her little town was inhabited by the German army. There was fear, hunger, and uncertainty about the future. When Holland was liberated by the Canadians, she tells me that there was joy, dancing in the streets and a hope for the future. She immigrated to Canada leaving behind many family members and friends who were able to enjoy freedom and democracy. At 88 years old, she still enjoys the relationships with those still in the Netherlands, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.