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19 February 2007, AMSTERDAM — Johan van den Berg (68) from Harmelen was shocked when he opened a TNT envelope last weekend: inside, there was another unopened envelope addressed to his late father, Pieter Willem van den Berg, Het Algemeen Dagblad writes.

19 February 2007

AMSTERDAM — Johan van den Berg (68) from Harmelen was shocked when he opened a TNT envelope last weekend: inside, there was another unopened envelope addressed to his late father, Pieter Willem van den Berg, Het Algemeen Dagblad writes.

The postmark read 20 April 1942, ‘München, mit dem Führer zum Sieg’. The sort of postmark meant that the envelope contained cash. The phrases “wrong address” and “addressee moved” show that the letter had tried to reach Van den Berg’s father but with no success. It remains unclear who sent the letter, both originally and this time.

”My father was 32 then”, Van den Berg says. His father worked at HAKA (HandelsKamer) in the village of Jutphaas near Utrecht, where he was the manager of the vermicelli, macaroni and spaghetti section.

The factory worked for the Germans, but most of its staff were supporting the resistance. “Maybe my father helped someone and was sent money for that. Or a colleague had been sent to work in Germany and decided to help my father,’’ Van den Berg says.

The envelope indeed contained 50 Reich marks.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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