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Oral history interview with Diny K. Adkins

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.20 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0020

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

Diny K. Adkins (née Dientje Kalisky), born on May 20, 1938, discusses her first years and family life in Bussum, Netherlands; hiding with her parents in an Amsterdam apartment and the confusion she felt; her lasting fear of sirens; separating from her parents and her brief time in a Bussum children’s home; a man who hid Jews, including herself and her parents, only to turn around and give most people up to the Germans for money; staying for a short time with an older couple from Indonesia; the story of her doll, Annika; hiding in a nun’s cottage from February 1943 to May 5, 1945 and the physical and mental abuse she endured; thinking her parents were dead; being periodically hidden at the home of the nun’s brother, who was physically and sexually abusive; being baptized and getting her First Communion; watching the American tanks arrive on May 5, 1945 and receiving a chocolate bar from a soldier; her struggles after the war to accept that her parents were alive and that she was not Catholic; the fate of other family members; suffering from nightmares and flashbacks; the adoption of her younger sister and birth of her younger brother; leaving the Netherlands in the late 1950s; her hospitalization and therapy to cope with her wartime experiences; her hopes for future generations; and the dangers of Holocaust denial and neo-Nazism. (At the very end, Dientje reads a poem written by her youngest daughter and a clay figure, a collage, and family photos are shown.)

Interviewee
Diny K. Adkins
Date
1992 May 18  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videotape reels (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..