Anne-Willem Meijer was born on July 4, 1931 in Haarlem, Netherlands. At age 11 he was asked by Corrie ten Boom, a neighbor and member of the Dutch underground, to be a “runner”. delivering food coupons to families hiding the Jews. He and the resisters were arrested and Anne-Willem was sent to the transit camp of Vught. He escaped from the camp and returned home only to find that his family was gone. He lived on the streets until the Dutch were liberated in 1945.