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Oral history interview with Tiemon Hofman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0037

Tiemon Hofman, born on April 14, 1925 in Groningen, Netherlands, describes growing up with his grandparents because his parents had divorced; returning to live with his mother after she remarried when he was eight years old; developing an attraction to older men; the German invasion on May 10, 1940 and taking a job in a grocery store to support himself; being caught in a sexual relationship with a man and sent to a prison for three days; the police calling in all of his friends and feeling like he had betrayed them all; his mother’s shame over his homosexuality; being sentenced to a seven month jail sentence in February 1942 for his homosexual activities; his placement in the De Kruisberg educational institution run and then his transfer to the Dutch-run Van Dyck institute, where he stayed until 1944 when he contracted pneumonia and pleuritis; returning home at the end of 1944 and receiving help from a doctor associated with the underground movement; the liberation of Groningen on April 13, 1945 by Canadian troops; and receiving restitution from the German and Dutch governments for his tribulations during the war.

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Tiemon Hofman
Klaus Müller
interview:  1996 January 25
Oral histories.
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:51:30
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