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Encounter with a Stranger Who Made Our Day!
S ome days are unforgettable and embedded
in our hearts forever. My wife, Frankie, and
I were driving from Germany to a missions
revival in the Netherlands. As we made our way
through Holland, a man in a car behind us flashed
his lights, indicating for us to pull over. We had
German plates on our car, so he told us in German
that our brake lights were not working.
I thanked him in English and
he told me that they loved
Americans. As a child, he stood
holding hands with his family
as they looked up in the sky and
they promised not to ever forget
what the Americans did for them.
He asked me to follow him to an
Opel G.M. dealer where my car
could be repaired.
4 When we arrived at the dealership, he translated for
me. Before he left, he told me again that as a child,
he stood with his family, looking up into the sky
and they pledged that they would never forget what
America was doing for them. Waiting for the repair,
my newfound friend continued to express gratitude
to me for what my country had done for him and
his people in one of their darkest hours.
Although I had heard of the
horrible Nazi occupation of
Europe, my newfound friend’s
story personalized it. Later,
studying the events of the war in
Holland, I understood more what
had so impacted this man as a
child. ç Steve & Frankie Nutt
Around the end of World War II
by the third week of April 1945,
the Russian army was hammering
its way through the suburbs of
Berlin. With the German capital
doomed, the American and
British air forces ended offensive
combat operations in Europe.
There was simply nothing of
importance left to bomb.
One nation still suffered under
The Netherlands had been under the
German’s harsh control since May
1940. In western Holland, the
German command stubbornly
held on, waiting for word from Berlin.
Germans in Holland for food drops. Amazingly, the
Germans agreed that Allied bombers would not be
These German ground forces were a deadly curse on fired upon as long as they were unarmed and stuck
the Dutch people. The Dutch people were resisting to specified air corridors.
the enemy occupation and Holland’s
Drop zones were set up where the
underground forces blew up From October 1944 until
bombers would be allowed to fly
bridges and railroads. The Germans early 1945, starvation
in at about 400 feet and drop the
retaliated by blowing up dams and claimed the lives of 20 to
food without being fired on by
flooding most of the farmland.
30,000 people. Hunger
the German anti-aircraft guns. A
Netherlands. total of 3,100 flights were made by
Dutch workers went on strike and
four hundred B-17 Flying Fortress
then came the cruel winter of 1944.
No fuel and no food! By spring, 1,000 people bombers of the United States Army Air Forces. RAF
a day were starving to death. Famished people and Canadian planes also participated dropping
and hollow-eyed young girls and boys searched tons of food.
in bins and gutters for
The BBC broadcast, reaching into Holland, gave the
with food value. It is
news of the coming missions
documented that from
of mercy known as
October 1944 until
early 1945, starvation
claimed the lives of
was the codename
20 to 30,000 people.
for the bread that
Hunger ravished the
rained down from
Netherlands. heaven onto the
Israelites in the Book
heard through the
Hollanders were lined
their crises and
up along the streets
negotiated with the
waving and cheering