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Oral history interview with Wilheilmus van Riel

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0237

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    Oral history interview with Wilheilmus van Riel


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Wilheilmus van Riel
    Adina Conn
    interview:  1992 April 03
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Conditions on Access
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    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview may not be used for commercial purposes. Interview cannot be used for sale in the Museum Shop. Interview cannot be used by a third party for creation of a work for commercial purposes.

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    Administrative Notes

    Adina Conn, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Wilheilmus van Riel on April 3, 1992.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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