From the book
“What else did your father write?” The voice at the other end of the telephone line was gentle, soft spoken. It was Jos de Roo. He lives on Aruba but was temporarily in the Netherlands. He said that he made a great effort to find me. And now he had.
“Uh... he wrote a book about Taxation in the Netherlands Antilles, which is, or at least was, considered to be the handbook for taxadvisors...” This was the best answer I could give him. I don’t really think it was an answer he expected. Quickly Jos started to explain that he would like to know more about my father. He asked if we could meet. We agreed to meet at my office in Amsterdam.
Although it is not unusual that people want to know more about my father or grandfather, my curiosity was peaked. Always proud to talk about this lovely man, whom I still miss a lot since he passed away in 1987, I was eager to hear the reason for his interest. So, I gathered some documentation and pictures for the meeting.
I met this friendly, white haired gentleman, at my office. He was clearly retired, but also clearly very active and doing something that invigorated him. He told me was doing research at Radio Nederland Wereldomroep for his doctoral (Ph.D) thesis. Radio Nederland Wereldomroep was a kind of Dutch BBC with, at one time, ambitions for worldwide broadcasting. Time was of the essence, because in the larger scheme of things this broadcasting institute, which existed since 1947, was faced with serious subsidy cuts in 2011. The archives would partially be destroyed if no good home could be found for them. He explained this had grave consequences for the integrity of its archives, which he needed access to for his research. Hence his haste. In his thesis he intended to set out the influence of Radio Nederland Wereldomroep on the development of literature of the Caribbean countries of the Dutch Kingdom. So far, so good, but I still did not see the relevance or connection with my father.