A windmill standing guard over Dutch polders; the miller’s family wrestling with death and treachery; innocent children playing adult games of secrecy and intrigue; hapless refugees hounded by a merciless predator; the men of the Resistance, alert and dedicated…often to the death.
Against them, the Hun and his Nazi-sympathizers
In the balance: Religion, Freedom, and the House of Orange
Piet Prins (pen name for Pieter Jongeling 1909-1985) was one of the most popular Dutch authors of children books. For many years he was the editor of a Reformed Christian daily newspaper, in which he wrote most of his children’s books as serials under the name Piet Prins.
“These two books belong to each other and deal with situations in Holland during the emotional time of the Second World War, 1940-1945. The country was occupied by the German military forces. The nation’s freedom was destroyed by the foreign men in power. Violence, persecution, and executions were the order of the day, and the main target of the enemy was the destruction of the Christian way of life. In that time the resistance movement of underground fighters became very active. People from all ages ana levels joined in and tried to defend the Dutch Christian heritage as much as possible. The above mentioned books show us how older and younger people were involved in that dangerous struggle. It often was a life and death battle. Every page of these books is full of tension. The stories give an accurate and a very vivid impression of that difficult and painful time. These books should also be in the hands of our young people. They are excellent instruments to understand the history of their own country and to learn the practical value of their own confession and reformed way of life.
‘What about as presents on birthdays?’” – K. Bruning