"Orange Shall Overcome "
On May 5, 1945, the war ended. Still to this day, Holland celebrates this day and cal ls it, "Liberation day."
"The night we found each other, my family stayed up late into the night, rejoicing over the fact that we were alive. It felt so strange and good to not have to keep listening for footsteps on the stairs. We could not stop looking at each other, marveling that we were all in the same room, drinking coffee together." Ernest Cassutto
"The day that the war was over, I'll never forget it. The air was electric. The news reached everywhere, of course, that the Germans had lost. They signed the peace treaty on the fifth of May, which is still a celebration day in Holland. That morning the Jews in our house decided to go out in the street. It was not completely safe, but even so, they alk went to the little forest where the Sickens and the Juliards were living, to gather fur boughs to decorate the house. I brought down the three thousand Dutch flags from the attic. Then, while most of the helpers and the Jewish fellows were busy hanging the flags up all around, more people came in the store. All of a sudden the costumers realized that we had had these Jews in the house all the time, it was surprising, but there were still plenty of people who didn't know."