||My father, Bernard Laurentius Oostdam, was born on January 3, 1909
in Amsterdam. His father and mother (left) came from Zeeuws Vlaanderen after they
converted from Roman Catholic to Reformed ("Gereformeerd"); at that time, it took two days
of travel to pass through the province of Zeeland and reach Holland.
He had two brothers who died as teenagers, and four sisters: one of them, Netty -
shown in the picture on the wall - was my favorite after she and her
family returned from the Netherlands East Indies in the 1930's.|