Monday, May 10, 2010

Looking For Lamboo Part VI: Local and National History

Last time I wrote about the interview with my mother about Henriëtte. This time, I'll take a look at sources that do not specifically mention my grandmother but give a picture of the time she lived in.

First, a look at the events in the world and the Netherlands that would’ve affected Henriëtte’s life:

1914-1918 World War 1, Henriëtte was 1-5. This probably didn’t have a large impact on her life.

1929-1939 Great Depression in the Netherlands, Henriëtte was 16-26. This would’ve had a great impact on her life.

1939-1945 World War 2, Henriëtte was 26-32. This had a great impact on her life and we’ll have a closer look at this on a local level.

1956 position of women is improved by the abolishment of the law that said that married women are not capable of making decisions on their own. Henriëtte was 43. This had a direct impact on her life, she could now legally work, take money from a bank account, but large appliances and travel without permission of her husband.

So, the first period in history that had a really big impact on Henriëtte’s life was the Great Depression in the Netherlands. It’s a good period to look into. Hundreds of thousands of people were unemployed in the Netherlands. It was in this period that Henriëtte got married. It must’ve been a trying time, in which the most simple things were luxuries. I’ve found two websites (numbers 3 and 4) with good information and links to further books and websites about this time period in the Netherlands. It’s a good idea to read about this time and get a better idea about

Then, of course, came World War 2. This had a big impact on Henriëtte’s life. A great source for this time period on a local level is the book ‘Achter Verduisterde Ramen – Voorschotense Kronieken 1940-1950’. In this book, 11 different Lamboo’s are mentioned, and although I do not know exactly how they relate to my grandmother, I do know they are related. There is even a picture of one of them. Also, Adolph Knura is named, which I wrote about in this post. A great deal of information can be found in just this one book.

And last, but certainly not least, is the abolishment of the very female unfriendly law in 1956. I’ve found a great, albeit short, article about it (website number 2) and I’m going to see if I can maybe find some more about this.

And then, of course, there are some general topics that can shed some light on the life of Henriëtte. For instance, primary schools and education in the Netherlands in the period 1915-1925, when Henriëtte went to school. Also, some general history on Voorschoten for the period 1913-2004 will give a great picture of the environment she lived in. There are plenty of resources for this in the local library.

For previous installments of this series, see the Looking For Lamboo page.


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