Many compatriots of the generals still wait for transport to return home
. The Allied countries have had four years to transport millions of soldiers to Europe. They can not all return home at once. The goal is to have as many soldiers as possible home before Christmas. But even then some still have to stay behind in Europe.
People are also turning to those soldiers who will not return home: near Arnhem many field graves are exhumed
, casualties of Market Garden. The British have the tradition the bury their fallen near the original battlefield. The Americans opt for a central cemetary in the town of Margraten. Only after 1946 the first German casualties will be given their final resting place on the graveyard Ysselsteyn, where roughly 30.000 deceased from all over the Netherlands are brought.
Johannes Post was quick to reach a heroes status after the war. Anne de Vries wrote in 1948 a book on his story: De levensroman van Johannes Post (Johannes Post life story). Due to this book the resistance man reached an almost mythical status. Entire generations grew up with this book. For the children of this man, killed in 1944, it was not easy to live with a father that they had barely known but who was also a person highly regarder by the entire country. Even 76 years after his passing they are still filled with questions. How could my father abandon us, is what Trijneke Blom-Post askes herself.