As parents, how can you put two of your three children on a boat to America knowing that you probably won't see them for a long time? Or maybe never again...
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Region: Groningen
- Compensation: € 45,00 (including € 10,00 discount private donation)
- Travel expenses: € 0,29 p/k
- Institutions: to be further agreed upon
Leo Wijnberg, owner of the revolutionary tire-padding factory Simson, lives with his wife Henriëtte and their three sons in Overveen when they decide to put their 16-year-old twins Hans and Loek on the boat to America. Their youngest son Robbie stays with them. Just before their departure, a film is shot of the whole family. Cheerful and full of expectation, while Hitler is "rattling at the gates of Holland.
Hans Wijnberg is drafted by the army and is then selected to work for the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA. There he befriends the Jewish Fred Mayer from Germany. When they are stationed in Italy, Austrian deserter Franz Weber from Oberperfuss joins them and they are prepared for Operation Greenup. Together they are dropped into the mountains of Austria near Innsbruck. An almost impossible operation in the middle of winter in the snow, which they barely survive! With the help of the mother of Franz's fiancé, they are able to go into hiding at her hotel in Oberperfuss. And always that fear of being betrayed....
Fred infiltrates high-ranking Nazi officers risking his own life, and Hans transmits hundreds of important messages in Morse code. Until his friend Fred is unmasked and Hans and Franz have to run headlong into the middle of the night and hide in a barn. Fred negotiates with the Nazis to liberate Innsbruck, saving thousands of lives by liberating the city weeks or perhaps months earlier.
After the liberation, the three men are transferred to the European headquarters of the OSS in Italy. By army truck, Hans heads for the Netherlands to pick up his brother Loek, who participated in Operation D-day, along the way. When they arrive in Overveen together, they discover to their great sorrow that their parents and their brother Robbie have been murdered in Auschwitz.
Logically, the war leaves heavy marks on Hans Wijnberg, despite his wonderful career as a chemist and important discoveries in chemistry. His daughter Audrey tells the story in a visual way and shows what meaning refugees can have for a country.
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