A Dutch Family
by Aggy Boshoff (Author)
This is the first in a series of books of family history which I started writing for my daughter Kate, who is naturally at present not yet interested. I myself have in the process of writing become engrossed in the social history of the various family members and, with it, in the history of their times. I embarked on the project by writing the story of the two South African and two Dutch grandparent families of my husband Leon and myself, lest the knowledge of even such a relatively recent past disappeared in the mists of time. But I discovered much more than I could have dreamed of. This first instalment, which follows the lives of my maternal grandparents Frits Baden and Meta van Eck, takes us to the Dutch East Indies under Colonial rule, to The Hague under Nazi rule and back to Indonesia during the Independence struggle of 1945-1949. The story of the family is set against the backdrop of these turbulent times, but I also paraphrase from the many love letters they wrote in the 1920’s. To acquire a copy of this book please get in touch with me via the CONTACT FORM on the Contact page.