This is the story of Dutchman Rudy Zeeman's dramatic escape from the Netherlands, through Nazi occupied France and across the snow covered Pyrenees before arriving in Australia in 1945.
I discovered his story while visiting the Ariege region in the south of France in 2013. The village I stayed in is very near to the Chemin de Liberte a major escape route for people escaping into Spain during World War 2. I asked if any Australians had escape via this route and received a negative response. However I was told that a Dutchman had escaped via this route in 1942 and had settled in Tasmania shortly afterwards. I asked where in Tasmania as it was my home state. I was told in Launceston, my home town. Where in Launceston? One further question revealed that he was in fact living on a kilometer from my parents home in the suburb of Norwood.
This is his account of that dramatic escape.