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Oral history interview with Karel Poons

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0183

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Karel Poons, born on August 14, 1912 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, describes growing up in a liberal Jewish family; training when he was young to become a professional dancer; having to leave the dance company after the German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940; re-joining his dance company by posing as an Aryan and bleaching his hair with peroxide; again leaving the dance company in July 1942 and fleeing to the small town of Huizen, Netherlands, where he was sheltered by a non-Jewish acquaintance and continued to dance as much as possible; the liberation of Amsterdam in 1945 by Canadian and British forces; returning to Amsterdam to continue his dancing career; and reuniting with most of his family after the war.

Interviewee
Karel Poons
Interviewer
Adina Conn
Date
1990 October 12  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:07:30
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