I was born in Arnhem and therefore an Arnhems “meisje” (little girl in Dutch and the name of an Arnhems cookie).
We moved to Hilversum when I was at junior school.
When I was a young girl I remember I rode on my bicycle to school with my friend Quirine. I was telling her the story about my father, looking for his mother who stayed behind in the Dutch East Indies. My friend asked me, why don’t you look for her. It was the beginning of a journey through time.
It is a tragic story.
When World War II broke out, my grandparents were separated as my grandfather Eduard Theodorus Cornelis Dagevos (1912-1984) became a prisoner of war and was forced to work for the Burma railway line. My grandmother Corrie Erna (Spruit) Djaruman (1915-1996) and the four children had to go in one of the Japanese camps in the East Indies. The story goes that a Japanese colonel fell in love with my grandmother and told her that her husband had passed away.
My grandmother and the children escaped from the camp and towards the end of the war she fell in love with Raden Djaruman with whom she got her first son, Haryono. When my grandfather came back from the war he discovered that his wife remarried and they decided to divorce. My father and his two brothers left Indonesia together with my grandfather and his new wife to The Netherlands.
My father has never seen his mother again, only on a television broadcast by Polygon in the fifties where he saw her coming out from a plane in New York with her husband.
My father and his youngest brother Lewis tried everything in their power to find their mother, but didn’t succeed.
It was eventually me who found the second born son of my grandmother and her second husband in 1998. Too late, as she passed away two years before. But the foundation was laid for my interest in genealogy.
There are many intriguing stories in my family tree which I love to share.
I was born in The Netherlands and emigrated at the age of 38 years to South Africa together with my husband.
It was one and a half year later where I met the love of my life and soulmate, with whom I married. Together we emigrated to Italy, back to South Africa and since 2014 we happily live in Spain together with our Dachshund Sausage.
After my secretarial education at Philips I began as a secretary for them. After 8 months I left. I became an entrepreneur.
When I met Lee we owned 4 restaurants in South Africa and Spain, a wine farm with guesthouse which we all sold.
My hobbies are cooking, walking, sporting, swimming, genealogy, learning Spanish, writing, knitting and photography.
I have my own cooking blog on my Facebook page CucinaCarolina.
According to the DNA-test, I'm 70.9% Europan and 29.1% Asian.
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