Beizer Journey Part 2: Dunkirk

Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
Trip End Aug 08, 2012

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Flag of France  , Nord-Pas-de-Calais,
Monday, June 25, 2012

~ May 13, 1940

The Beizer family left with thousands of other Belgian refugees toward Northern France. In the video clip "Dunkirk," Boris describes this process as the refugees being "herded" by German Stuka Bombers to stay on the road in order to slow down British troop movement in the opposite direction. The journey from Brussels to Dunkirk took about two days. Boris also recounts spending one night in a barn along the way, where the family left their bicycles and continued the next day by foot. Boris then tells the remarkable story of his father, Mechel, returning to this barn in 1948 to find the bicycles in relatively good condition. The wheels had been worn out and the farmer apologized saying his family had needed to use the bikes during the War and that he would pay for new wheels. 
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