811 Cherry Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Pete Metzelaar will share his inspiring story of survival during World War II at the Wing Point Country Club. RSVP by 11/3/2017
Pete was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1935. When Pete was 7 years old, the Nazis seized his entire family except Pete and his mother Elli. The Dutch Underground contacted Klaas and Roefina Post on the Metzelaars’ behalf, seeking a place of refuge. The Posts risked their lives for over two years to shelter Pete and his mother on their small farm in Makkinga in northern Holland.
After it became too dangerous to stay with the Posts, the two found refuge in several other hiding places, thanks to the Dutch Underground and the bravery and persistence of Pete’s mother. The Netherlands was liberated on May 5, 1945. Four years later, Pete and Elli moved to the United States to start a new life.
Klaas and Roefina Post have since been recognized by Yad Vashem in Israel as Righteous Among the Nations.
Pete has been an active member of the Holocaust Center’s Speakers Bureau for nearly 20 years. He has shared his experiences with thousands of students and community members all over the Northwest. His message to promote tolerance and stand up for others resonates deeply with all listeners who hear his story.
Hosted by the Bainbridge Rotary Club