A Family Secret

Lesson material about WWII and the occupation of the Netherlands.
  • second world war
  • English
  • German

In the comic A Family Secret, students read about the German occupation of the Netherlands. Important events and topics are covered, such as the German invasion, the Resistance, and collaboration.

120 minutes
Consists of
comic book

The exciting and educational story of Jeroen

The comic is about the story of Jeroen. In his grandmother’s attic, he is looking for things to sell at the annual street market. Among the junk, he finds his grandmother’s scrapbooks from the war. He learns about things that happened with his family during the occupation and that have never been talked about. When Jeroen attends the 4th of May Remembrance Service, he makes a shocking discovery.

Developing historical awareness

The comic encourages students to put themselves in the shoes of the main characters during the occupation of the Netherlands. In the process, they learn how major historical events affect the lives of ordinary people, and how the past has shaped the present. The comic will help develop historical awareness in the students.

‘When reading the comic, the children were captivated, you could hear a pin drop!’

Sequel to A Family Secret

The Search is the sequel to A Family Secret. In this comic, the students read about Esther, a Jewish girl, and learn about the major events that took place during the persecution of the Jews. In the process, they learn more about the roles of the victim, the perpetrator, the helper, and the bystander.