Bag full off WWII letters found at Utrecht Central Station

Bag filled with letters from WWII found at Utrecht Central Station, 4 Sept 2017
Bag filled with letters from WWII found at Utrecht Central Station, 4 Sept 2017. Photo: Rens Zonnenberg / Facebook

A couple from Vught found a plastic bag full of letters dating from World War II at Utrecht Central Station on Monday. Rens and Maartje Zonnenberg would like to find the owner of the letters and posted a call for information on Facebook.

According to Rens, the letters are dated between 1942 and 1944. They are written in Dutch, but the old handwriting make them difficult to read, he said to newspaper AD. The bag was found on a bench on platform 18. "There are more than 100, 150 maybe", he said. 

Most of the letters are between two people. They are filled with personal stories from the war, according to Rens, and include details like what the writers ate that day and whether they are safe. One of the writers lived in Herzogenrath, just across the German border, the other in Heerlen. AD quotes from one letter, which is addressed to "my dearest dear" when translated to English. It is signed "your loving husband" by Mr. Ortmanns. 

Zonnenberg hopes to return the letters to their rightful owner. The discovery was also reported to NS.

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