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David ‘Dickie’ Groenteman is one of Australia’s oldest living survivors of Auschwitz. Born in 1923 in Amsterdam, this is the first time Dickie has shared every intimate, unfathomable and inspiring chapter of his life story. It's the tale of a boy from Holland who survived death row and the death camps to become a hockey legend. On the ice Dickie was known as 'The Flying Dutchman' and this is his story told. To see the key characters of this story and learn more about Dickie, follow @storiestoldau on Instagram or Facebook.
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The Flying Dutchman Stories Told | Mac Lyon

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    • 4.7 • 87 Ratings

David ‘Dickie’ Groenteman is one of Australia’s oldest living survivors of Auschwitz. Born in 1923 in Amsterdam, this is the first time Dickie has shared every intimate, unfathomable and inspiring chapter of his life story. It's the tale of a boy from Holland who survived death row and the death camps to become a hockey legend. On the ice Dickie was known as 'The Flying Dutchman' and this is his story told. To see the key characters of this story and learn more about Dickie, follow @storiestoldau on Instagram or Facebook.
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    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 1: Invasion

    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 1: Invasion

    Dickie Groenteman’s childhood was one of blissful innocence. Dickie’s father Elias was a successful businessman, his mother Rosetta a skilled dressmaker and his big sister Betty showered him with love. It was a beautiful life for the Groentemans and for Dickie looked like it would only get better.
    An ice hockey prodigy, the future was bright - and then came the invasion.
    If you’d like to see photos and hear more about Dickie and all of the character’s that played a role in his incredible life story follow Stories Told on Instagram and Facebook @storiestoldau.
    If you recognise any of the names of key characters from these tales or are a relative of one of them, Dickie and his family would love to hear from you so get in touch with me via email - mac@storiestold.com.au.
    Music credits:
    Twee Ogen Zo Blauw - Willy Derby (1935)
    Cinema Blockbuster Trailer 13 (99FIRE-FILMS AWARD) by Sascha Ende®
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3137-cinema-blockbuster-trailer-13-99fire-films-award-
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Among Us - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Hold On - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Prey (Reprise) - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Disintergrating - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Into the Depths - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Beth’s Theme - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Tormented Souls - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Blackout by Frank Schröter
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/9278-blackout
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    The Carousel 2 by Frank Schröter
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8096-the-carousel-2
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license


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    • 26 min
    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 2: Concentration

    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 2: Concentration

    Very few eye witnesses to the atrocities of the death camps are still alive today. Some of the tales David 'Dickie' Groenteman shares about his 3 years as a prisoner at Auschwitz, Mauthausen and the other camps are harrowing but there are also moments of hope. Dickie wants you to hear what he endured, so that humanity may learn from its evil past.
    If you’d like to see photos and hear more about Dickie and all of the character’s that played a role in his incredible life story follow Stories Told on Instagram and Facebook @storiestoldau.
    If you recognise any of the names of key characters from these tales or are a relative of one of them, Dickie and his family would love to hear from you so get in touch with me via email - mac@storiestold.com.au.
    Twee Ogen Zo Blauw - Willy Derby (1935)
    Cinema Blockbuster Trailer 13 (99FIRE-FILMS AWARD) by Sascha Ende®
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3137-cinema-blockbuster-trailer-13-99fire-films-award-
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Into the Depths - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Tormented Souls - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Bad Encounter - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Remnants  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Living in the Dark  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Ground Noises  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Nightmares  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Walking into Darkness  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Dark Secrets (DECISION) by Sascha Ende®
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/246-dark-secrets-decision-
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license


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    • 28 min
    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 3: Liberation

    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 3: Liberation

    Faith that freedom would come is what kept David 'Dickie' Groenteman's spirit strong through the torturous years he spent locked inside the death camps. But once he was free, the journey didn't end there. Dickie didn't know if any of his loved ones were still alive and so he set out on a search mission across Europe by plane, train, bicycle and boat fuelled by the hope he may find family members who survived the war.
    If you’d like to see photos and hear more about The Flying Dutchman follow Stories Told on Instagram and Facebook @storiestoldau.
    Audio credits:
    Twee Ogen Zo Blauw - Willy Derby (1935)
    Living in the Dark  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Run  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Tormented Souls  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Walking into Darkness  - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Hold On - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Hopeless - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Remnants - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Dark Hollows by Alexander Nakarada
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Unsafe Roads by Alexander Nakarada
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Cinema Blockbuster Trailer 13 (99FIRE-FILMS AWARD) by Sascha Ende®
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3137-cinema-blockbuster-trailer-13-99fire-films-award-
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Hit the Streets by Kevin MacLeod
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/3879-hit-the-streets
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Inspiring Teaser  by Rafael Krux
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Ice hockey SFX - Paled N Faved YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQb8sOHpJl4EMFlotcqxrjQ/featured
    Hockey Goal Horn with Crowd Applause Sound Effect - A SoundEffectsFactory Original Recording.

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    • 40 min
    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 4: Legacy

    The Flying Dutchman | Chapter 4: Legacy

    Moving to a country as far from the memories of his past as a plane could take him, David 'Dickie' Groenteman made a fresh start with his family on Australian shores.
    It's here that Dickie harnessed his passion for his beloved ice hockey to literally build a sporting legacy across the nation and abroad with his own hands.
    Now as the 99-year-old faces his final battle against a slow and silent killer, he imparts powerful wisdom that we could all learn a lot from.
    If you’d like to see photos and hear more about Dickie and all of the character’s that played a role in his incredible life story follow Stories Told on Instagram and Facebook @storiestoldau.
    If you recognise any of the names of key characters from these tales or are a relative of one of them, Dickie and his family would love to hear from you so get in touch with me via email - mac@storiestold.com.au.
    Audio credits:
    Twee Ogen Zo Blauw - Willy Derby (1935)
    The following music was used for this media project:
    Music: Countdown by Alexander Nakarada
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/4865-countdown 
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 
    Artist website: https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/ 
    Inspiring Teaser  by Rafael Krux
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser 
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 
    Artist website: https://www.orchestralis.net/ 
    Cinematic Emotional Success by MusicLFiles
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/6863-cinematic-emotional-success 
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 
    Artist website: https://cemmusicproject.wixsite.com/musiclibraryfiles 
    Hold On - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Prey (reprise) - Myuu thedarkpiano.com
    Heartfelt Tears by MusicLFiles
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/8903-heartfelt-tears 
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license 
    Artist website: https://cemmusicproject.wixsite.com/musiclibraryfiles

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    • 31 min
    The Flying Dutchman | Trailer

    The Flying Dutchman | Trailer

    David ‘Dickie’ Groenteman is one of Australia’s oldest living survivors of Auschwitz.
    Born in 1923 in Amsterdam, this is the first time Dickie has shared every intimate, unfathomable and inspiring chapter of his life story.
    A boy from Holland who survived death row and the death camps to become a hockey legend, on the ice Dickie was known as 'The Flying Dutchman' and this is his story told.
    To see the key characters of this story and learn more about Dickie, follow @storiestoldau on Instagram or Facebook.
    Music credits:
    Twee Ogen Zo Blauw - Willy Derby (1935)

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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Cana Australia ,

so moving, please listen

Much of this amazing man’s story reminded me of my own father and his family - a Dutch family living in Hengelo, a small town in Holland and struggling and suffering under German occupation in WW2. Our dad told my siblings and I his stories as we were growing up, i’ll never forget them. Dad’s family came to Australia in ‘56 and felt they’d moved to paradise. Thankyou Dickie for sharing your story.

craigs01 ,

The Flying Dutchman

Incredible story, that needs to be shared far and wide. Funny, sad and inspiring. 5 stars…

RickiSchefe ,

Wow!

What an incredible story to listen to! Thank you Dickie for sharing your amazing life story! I wish you all the best.

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