On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: Two Esperanto certificates of Th.J.G.A. Pardoen (1914-1978).
Esperanto is an artificial language created in the late 19th century. The intention of the creator of this language was that everyone would learn Esperanto as a second language so that all people could converse with each other, thus promoting mutual understanding and, ultimately, world peace.
My (maternal) grandparents and several of my grandmother's siblings subscribed to this idea, and promoted world peace by learning Esperanto. They took Esperanto classes, and went to events where they could meet other Esperanto speakers.
According to my mother, my grandparents occasionally spoke Esperanto at the dining table, but it is unclear whether they discussed things their children were not supposed to understand or they were just practising.
Below are two course certificates that prove my grandfather attended Esperanto courses in the 1930s.