During World War II, thousands of Allied planes were shot down over enemy-occupied territory, with thousands of crewmen surviving. Their rescue depended on escape lines of Dutch, Belgian, French, and other citizens who risked their lives to help the airmen.
On Friday – the 70th anniversary of D-Day – the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries will present a program by Bruce Bolinger about one Dutch escape line that rescued several hundred people from 1942 to 1943. The event will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.
Join the discussion to learn how a World War II escape line operated while facing the threat of denunciation by collaborators and the risk of arrest by the German secret police (SS). Brave resistance members had to ensure the cooperation of feuding religious groups, thwart German attempts to infiltrate the escape line, and prevent the airmen and their helpers from making dangerous errors.
Bolinger served as Nevada County Clerk-Recorder from 1980 to 1998. He has spent the last 14 years researching World War II escape lines and is a member of the Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society and the WW2 Escape Lines Memorial Society.
For more information, please contact Laura Pappani at Laura.Pappani@co.nevada.ca.us or 530-265-7078.