Securing the Shadows : A Biography of Catherina Huisken, 1914-1999

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Master of Arts


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


Securing the Shadows is a biography of Catherina Huisken, 1914-1999. It traces the eighty five years of her life and spans three continents and three cultures.

The text begins with Catherina' s childhood on her parents' farm in Holland and explores the daily reality of life in a rural family with eleven children. It also covers her early married life, her experiences as a member of the Dutch Resistance during the war and her struggle to raise four young children in a time of great hardship. Catherina's biography also details her life in Indonesia, at the time a Dutch colony, her separation from her husband and the collapse of Dutch rule.

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