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Oral history interview with Wilheilmus van Riel

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0237

Wilhelmus Klaas van Riel, born September 22, 1919 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, describes his family; life in Amsterdam before the war; finishing school in 1933 and working for a department store from 1933 until 1939 when he joined the staff of a small business operated by relatives of the department store owners; his memories of the German invasion; carrying messages for the Dutch underground; delivering messages for an underground press, which created false identity cards; working for an insurance company (Centraal Beheer); his reasons for working with the underground; the deportation of Jews; the black market and having difficulty getting food; the bombings on July 17, 1943; delivering messages and food coupons to his associates at the American Hotel; the ration card shortage and stealing a bad of them in the spring of 1944; his marriage during the war and the birth of his son in September 1944; his memories of Dolle Dinsdag (Mad Tuesday) September 5, 1944; the NSB (Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging in Nederland) and secretly attending one of their meetings; not having much direct contact with the Jews he was helping during the war; liberation day in Amsterdam; and his life after the war.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
van Riel, Wilheilmus
Conn, Adina
interview:  1992 April 03
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:19
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