WWII Dutch Resistance Fighter: 94 Year Old Grand Rapids Woman Remembers It All
In 1940, Diet Eman was a newly-engaged 20 year old looking forward to her wedding, family, and a long life with her soon to be husband. In one night .... everything changed. It was World War II .... and Adolf Hitler and his troops had just invaded her country. As Eman and her fiance watched Hitler round up the Jewish families - they became angry and knew they had to fight back. The two joined a Dutch Underground Resistance group - helping hide hundreds of Jewish men, women and children from Nazi persecution. Eman's dangerous choice eventually led to her being arrested and sent to a Nazi work camp for years.
Eman, now 94, remembers almost everything from that time. Her incredible and brave story is now a full scale musical theatre production called "The Resistance" now being performed over Easter Weekend.
The production is set for 7 p.m. April 17-19 with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 19 at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr. NE Rockford. Tickets are $3 or $5, depending on the performance. Portions of the play may be too intense for very young children. For more information: