Although she likes to see herself as a Loosduinen native, the truth is that she, like me, was born in The Hague. It is likely that her place of birth was caused by the fact that the Netherlands was suffering under German occupation. During WW2 about 8000 houses in The Hague have been demolished to allow for the construction of the Atlantikwall, the German line of defense against an invasion of British and allied troops. So when people married, there was no guarantee that there was a house available for the newly weds. That was also the case when my parents in law got married in 1942. My wife's father was the eldest son of a family with 14 (!) children, the last one being born in that very same year 1942. It will be no surprise that there was no space left in that house to accommodate another family in the making.
Although the parents of my mother-in-law did not live in spacious circumstances either, there apparently was some space left there for the happy couple to live in. It was smack in the middle of the working-class district called Transvaal.
|Kockstraat, The Hague|
|Kritzingerstraat, The Hague|
|Festivities in the Evertsenstraat approx. 1947|
The last house Adriana, better known today as Jeanne, lived in before she married, was also situated in Loosduinen, in the street formerly known as Kijkduinsestraat. Today this is the Pisuissestraat named after a well known singer and comedian who was murdered in Amsterdam in 1927.
* Today the name is Stadstuinen
Festivities: private collection
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