Harrowing and redeeming, this is the history of a unique adoption system For generations, local families, grateful for the sacrifice of their liberators from Nazi occupation, have cared for not only the graves, but the memories, of over 10,000 US soldiers in the cemetery of Margraten in the Netherlands....
|Title||:||The Margraten Boys: How a European Village Kept America's Liberators Alive|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan 2012 edition February 23, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||319 pages|
|File Size||:||774 KB|
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The Margraten Boys: How a European Village Kept America's Liberators Alive Reviews
What buyer's should know is that the pricey hardcover version of this book does NOT come with a dust jacket. I bought this for my husband for Father's Day as a new copy directly through Amazon and thought I'd received a used book in error. So, I contacted Amazon and they promptly sent me another...just the same. I spoke directly with an Amazon customer rep (who was great), but she also didn't understand why it had arrived that way, when clearly the photo shows the photo of a young soldier seated. She was able to get the contact information for the publisher in England for me. I contacted them and learned that the hardcover does not have a dust jacket and that the image displayed on Amazon is for the softcover version of the book. That should be made clear in the description, so as not to cause confusion by buyers. I have never purchased a hardcover book, particularly one this costly, that didn't have either a dust jacket or a drawing on the cover. It was surprising. The book, itself, is wonderful and is deserving of 5 stars.
My wife and I were just there. Her great-uncle is buried at Margraten - he died flying a B-24 from Old Buckenham Airfield in Norfolk. We met his Dutch grave adopters and attended Memorial Day ceremonies with them at the Cemetery, so reading this book was directly relevant to me. If you are not particularly interested in this exact story, you could find the book too long. The author goes into sometimes overwhelming detail in covering the situation from WWII to present, but he makes it clear how important is the Dutch-American relationship, and the feelings of the people of Limburg.
Like other reviewers, I too have a relative in Margraten Cemetery. He is someone I've never met but someone who was well-loved, respected and still talked about in the family. He didn't make it to see the age of 19 before war and then death took him away from his family. Our family has been blessed to have been in correspondence with the two families that since 1946 or so, have tended to his grave.
Well-written and very informative. It documents a part of the history of WW II that is little known to most Americans and gives deserved credit to the Dutch for the care that they have shown for the graves of those who liberated Holland in the last days of the 3rd Reich.
I have an uncle buried at Margraten who I was finally able to visit in 2012. The men buried there are still so highly revered that the mere mention I made to locals as to why I was in Maastricht, or at the cemetery, made them take pause. When I found out that the graves were all adopted I immediately wanted to know who had adopted my uncle's grave, and was given the email of the committee. Eventually I was contacted by the young family who now care for my uncle. I then forwarded their email on to my cousin. Now the adopters know all about Billy H. Huish and have photos of him with the wife he left behind, and the son he never knew in this life.
This book was very meaningful to me in that my faher is buried in this cemetery. I have visited there several times, met a number of the Dutch families and know my father's adopter quite well. He is the third generation to have that honor. My father lived in the adopter's grandfather's home not too long before his death so it was natural that he (the grandfather) would adopt my father's grave. He did so and sent my mother many letters and pictures of the cemetery. When he passed away the adoption passed on to his son and now the current adopter is HIS son. And so it goes - generation after generation. The Dutch are amazing people.
This book was interesting to me because I have a cousin buried there and have visited the cemetery at Margraten. The same family has cared for my cousin's grave ever since he was buried here. This task is passed down from generation to generation. The book describes how this service was started and how it has continues through the years.