Yet despite their circumstances, the Oversteegens continued to provide sanctuary for those in need. Indeed, as World War II began in earnest, they sheltered a Jewish couple in their home. And through their guests, the two sisters learned all about the horrors that the Nazi Party was wreaking across Europe.
So, as youngsters, Truus and Freddie began supporting the Dutch Resistance by distributing underground leaflets and newspapers. As the Resistance grew more vocal in its opposition, however, the Nazis responded with brutal oppression. Consequently, by the time Truus was 16 years old, working for the Resistance was a dangerous business.
In the midst of this political turmoil, a man knocked on the Oversteegens’ door. He then asked the girls’ mother if Truus and Freddie, who was 14 at the time, would be interested in joining the Resistance. Surprisingly, she allowed the man to pose the question to the teenagers directly. Moreover, the sisters agreed, and their remarkable adventure began.