The Month of April 2018 was a very busy time for Hetty. There was the opening of the Children’s Exhibition in Bergen Belsen, the flight over, in itself, quite a long journey from Australia and BBC Documentaries to be made about remembering Belsen, (the British liberated Belsen), a Radio piece and a segment for BBC World Service, Witness with Hetty as the subject.
During her stay at Jan Tabak in Bussum, Mike Lanchin a Senior Producer/Presenter at the BBC World Service for Witness came ahead for a few days to interview Hetty to begin the process of discussing a difficult topic. After a few days of getting to know each other the two became friends. There is a lovely image of the BBC Crew but nothing with Mike and so we would like to share a lovely picture of Mike with Hetty, after those few days of the pre amble for the shows ahead.
Hetty joined a scattering of other old survivors and British soldiers at Bergen Belsen this year. Numbers are dwindling but it was obvious that many of 2nd generation and relatives of survivors came to show their respects in this year of great significance. It is the 70th year commemoration of the liberation of Belsen. In sometimes pouring rain the tributes of respect continued. Hetty noticeable in her hot pink coat was followed around this year not only by some fans who continue to come up to her during her walks but also by Channel Seven. We will see this footage in the near future.
Hetty is gaining a great fan base in the Netherlands. Last night on Late Night, (RTL) Hetty had an extended interview of over 24 minutes and from all accounts people wanted more. “The reaction has been wonderful” Hetty said via phone yesterday on route to Paris.
Hetty was seen tonight on the 7.30 Perth addition 28th November 2014. For those who missed it and for all who find her story interesting please follow the link below to the ABC site. Some images are confronting but the entire segment is uplifting.