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Jacqueline’s Story

My father, Karl Heinz Klein, was brought up in an orphanage in Hanover Germany. When he was 11 a woman arrived to claim him as her son and took him to live with her in Amsterdam. My Dutch grandmother was quite a hard taskmaster so when he was 14 my father lied about his age and joined the Dutch merchant navy.
His ship docked in Newport, S.Wales for 2 weeks, during the war, he met and married my mother. I was born in Newport.

- Jaqueline, Broadstairs, Kent.

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