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Oral history interview with Sjoukje Bouwma and Rinze Bouwma

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.8 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0008

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    Oral history interview with Sjoukje Bouwma and Rinze Bouwma


    Interview Summary
    Sjoukje Bouwma (born in 1923 and lived in Tzum) and Rinze Bouwma (born in 1916 in Tzummarum) describe their childhoods and growing up in religious families that were part of the Christian (Dutch) Reformed Church; Rinze’s involvement in the underground movement while Sjoukje and her parents hid Jews in their home; Rinze conducting acts of sabotage and stealing food for people in hiding; the shooting of a Jewish couple who had stayed at Sjoukje’s home and never learning who had shot them; searching for this couple’s daughter who had been hidden elsewhere in Friesland; Rinze being sent to jail several times after refusing to work for the Germans; Rinze fighting in Indonesia and returning to the Netherlands, where he married Sjoukje; immigrating to Canada in 1951; and having three children and being active in their church.
    Rinze Bouwma
    Sjouke Bouwme de Vries
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1988 June 02

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    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Sjoukje and Rinze Bouwma on June 2, 1988 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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