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August 01, 2011
I am glad to have found this site. I read The Winged Watchman in the 1960s, as a child, and learned far more about the history of World War II, and about Dutch culture, than I learned from formal lessons in school. When a professor here in the Bay Area published a book about the hidden Jewish children of the Netherlands during the occupation. I immediately remembered little Trixie who was raised as Joris' and Dirk Jan's sister. and I have never forgotten Joris' parents and Father Kobus, who insist that we must pray even for our enemies. thank you Hilda von Stockum for creating such a lasting legacy.
November 26, 2010
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August 03, 2010
What an absolutely beautiful woman Hilda van Stockum was. Your descriptions, especially Olga's brought tears of gratitude, joy, and conviction to my eyes. I want to be like her. It is true--we are living letters of God, and she is truly a beautiful one.
Thanks be to God.
August 04, 2009
I first read The Borrowed House when I was eleven years old, and I could not get the story or the characters out of my mind. A few years after I wanted to read it again, and was horrified to find out that it was out of print and no one knew where to find it. I spoke to everyone I knew about this wonderful book until one day a lady from my church came to my house with it in her hand. She had found it in a library in a neighboring town and checked it out for me. I was so happy to be able to read it again. I kept it for as long as the library would allow. I became desperate to have a copy in my home so that I would be able to read it as often as I wanted.
It took almost ten years and the efforts of several people before my mom finally found a copy for sale. I cannot really describe how I feel about this. It may sound silly, but it's almost like I was parted from a very dear friend for years and now I will have it in my life forever.
I feel that this book has been a blessing in my life and I am grateful for this wonderful woman who shared her remarkable talents with the world.
July 03, 2009
I first read King Oberon's Forest as a young girl. Fifty-some years later, I still love it and will be sharing it with my grandson as soon as he's old enough. I had no idea how many other wonderful books Ms. van Stockum had written! Suffice it to say I plan to read them all. The magic of her writing is truly timeless - What a wonderful gift she leaves behind.
June 26, 2009
Hilda van Stockum was my favorite author for years as a child; I read and reread her works. The Winged Watchman was a special favorite, although I loved the children of Bantry Bay and the Mitchell family as well. I've always thought Andries was an underappreciated novel! Her illustrations and her writing were both magical. In about 1966, when I was about 9 years old, I wrote her a fan letter; and, to my amazement, she sent me a Christmas card, of a snowman, drawn by her, of course. How wonderful that she lived so long, and for so many years with her husband; and that her children seem to be so happy and successful. I'm happy that her books are still to be found; my treasured copies were loved by my daughter as well, and of course I'm saving them.
February 08, 2009
To you all, my very belated condolences. I'm prompted to write having just opened the copy of "Penengro" inscribed to my mother Olga by Hilda (with a charming little cartoon of a skater). When I opened the book out fell a flier for the exhibition of "Paintings by the Family Marlin" at the van der Straeten Galleries (NYC) I guess around 1973? I still have a number of (much-treasured) sketches and one or two small paintings of Hilda's given to my mother (a sculptor), and saw by a quite extraordinary coincidence that her work is in the collection of a couple my wife Lucinda knew well in Rome in the early 60's. I have happy recollections of time spent with Hilda and Spike, and Lis and John in Geneva when they stayed with my mother, and Lis and I are both medical deans in the UK by chance (although she is far more important than me). My best greetings to all the Marlins and again, my sympathy to you all.
November 21, 2008
November 21, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 05, 2008
Hilda van Stockum has been one of my favourite artists for a very long time, in fact since I was a student at Trinity College, Dublin.

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Hilda and the six Marlin children in 1947 - Olga (Joan), Brigid (Patsy), Randal (Peter), Sheila (Angela), John (Timmy) and Liz (Catherine). The Wedding of Hilda van Stockum and Spike Marlin in Dublin, 1932

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