A welcome gift from a veteran is a book from their personal library. In September 2003 I was visiting with my long-time friend, Fritz Hahl, a former infantry Obersturmführer from Regiment “Westland”, in his home near Regensburg. He gave me these four books about the history of the Dutch in the Waffen-SS. They are in the Dutch language and have been out of print for a number of years. Fritz Hahl had a special affinity for the Dutch as he had served in the Regiment “Westland” from 1941 to late 1944 and this regiment was predominately comprised of Dutch volunteers. One of the authors, Jan Vincx, a Fleming from Belgium, had been a former Untersturmführer in the “Wiking” division and had given each of those books to Hahl following publication.
A few weeks after returning home I met for the first time the Dutch Waffen-SS veteran HaEn, who lives near me in Portland, Oregon and who is now a well-known fellow Feldgrau member. I loaned those books to HaEn for a number of months and found them very useful in his own research. What a pleasure it was for Fritz Hahl to learn a few months later that the books he had given me had quickly been put to a very good use by a Dutch veteran living on the other side of the ocean!