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Oral history interview with Sjoukje Bouwma and Rinze Bouwma

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

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.

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Rinze Bouwma
Sjouke Bouwme de Vries
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
interview:  1988 June 02
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:47:34
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