house played a very important role in the history in the Postma's
Built in 1932/33, it was designed by son Klaas
who was an architect.
It was meant for his parents to live in,as the oldest son Jacob took over the hotel.
As you can see, it was a nice design, proving Klaas had talent.
De Kolhoop was built in times of global financial troubles, and this
had its impact here too.
Because a customer could not fulfill his obligations to him, Klaas
not pay his own debts. Jacob and his wife Frieda came back from their
honeymoon along the river Rhine, ready to take over business. Instead,
a cold shower: the refurbishing of the hotel as well as the building of
the Kolhoop was stopped, because invoices could not be paid. To get him
trouble, the whole family had to support. It was spring, the
busiest time of year came, but no personell could be hired due to lack
All members of the family gave a helping hand, and they were lucky too:
it was a
beautiful summer with lots of customers, providing lots of turnover, so
by the end of the year the worst troubles were over again.
Nevertheless, it had its financial impact over years to come.
The old folks Sjouke and Janna moved in with their youngest
son Bert and sister Frouwkje and both lived there for
the rest of their respective lifes in 1943 and 1964.
A small tobaccostore was exploited in the round part to the right side
till 1962, ran by my grandma Janna.
In the afterwar years, Jacob's
stayed in the house as their parents, having been collaborators in
wartime, were kicked out of their house and detained. The kids, still
very young(the youngest was 1,5 years old), found shelter in the
Kolhoop at grandmother Janna and aunt Frouwkje.
Until grandma and aunt were arrested as well and the kids were kicked
out and left totally on their own. In later years, the wrong
of this practice was widely
acknowledged, but traumatic harm to these children was done.
As grandmother was released later on(she hadn't done much wrong
except loving her nazi-sympathising son) these kids lived in the
Kolhoop again and went to school in Emmen.
Also, Hennie's daughter stayed a
lot with her grandparents in the 30-s before they went to the Indies.
After they came back from there in 1946, she and her parents stayed
there as they had no home of their own. When her parents returned later
to the Dutch Indies, she also found a second home here with her grandma
The two elder daughters of Joop lived in
de Kolhoop too, mainly directly after they came back from
South-America in 1957, and their new home in Warns wasn't
One of them had close contact with aunt Frouwkje and visited her often
in the sixties, after grandma had died.
I myself, being their kid-brother, stayed, together with my dad, for a
week in this house in 1970, after aunt Frouwkje had died on the 8th of
january of that year.The house had to be cleared out and prepared for
selling. He showed me a lot of Emmen then and told about his childhood.
It's fair to say a lot of the Postma-offspring, be it 2nd or 3rd
generation, found a safe haven in this house, one time or the other, in
the course of their turbulent lifes.
My sister told me she found it always an interesting design, being
round on one side. I, for myself, remember the colourful stained glass
windows, which you can see here from the outside. Nice.
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