Klaas van der Geest (Schiermonnikoog, 27 november 1903-10 oktober 1964). Op weg naar de toekomst. Nijkerk: Callenbach, [1954] (2e dr. 1979; ook verschenen als grote-letter-boek (Eindhoven: Grootdruk-uitgeverij, 1989).

Klaas van der Geest, Towards the future. Nijkerk: Callenbach, [1954] (2nd edition 1979; also published as a large-print book (Eindhoven: Grootdruk-uitgeverij, 1989).

The book describes the experiences of the Holwerda family, who want to build a new future in Australia. The Holwerdas are a Dutch family who decide to emigrate to Australia in the hope of finding a better life. They face many challenges along the way, but they eventually succeed in building a new life for themselves in Australia.

The Holwerdas’ story is one of hope and resilience. It shows that it is possible to overcome adversity and build a new life for oneself, even in a new and unfamiliar country.

Here are some of the challenges that the Holwerda family faced when they emigrated to Australia:

  • The language barrier. The Holwerdas did not speak English when they arrived in Australia, which made it difficult for them to communicate with their new neighbours and employers.
  • The culture shock. The Holwerdas were used to living in a small Dutch town, and they found it difficult to adjust to the big city life in Australia.
  • The discrimination. The Holwerdas were sometimes discriminated against because they were Dutch. This made it difficult for them to find a job and a place to live.

Despite these challenges, the Holwerda family eventually succeeded in building a new life for themselves in Australia. They found jobs, bought a house, and made friends. They also had two children, who were born in Australia.

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