Comment Neelie (Kroes)
Making speeches talk
[...] That perception is understandable. If you have been so lucky, never to have personally experienced the violence of war, or its far reaching consequences, it is difficult to imagine the impact it can have on one's life and how it can determine how you see the future. The post war period in Rotterdam influenced me strongly in a way that I grew up with a sense that you can build and create a new life and existence out of nearly nothing, if necessary.