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Oral history interview with Johannes de Vries

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.17 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0017

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    Oral history interview with Johannes de Vries


    Interview Summary
    Johan de Vries describes his life growing up in Friesland, Netherlands; becoming a coal miner in the southern part of the country in 1929 and working there for 16 years; he and his wife volunteering to take in a Christian child from Rotterdam for a year; agreeing to take in a Jewish boy in 1942 and later volunteering to take in about fifteen other Jewish people throughout the war; being warned by the police department and by neighbors when the Germans planned to make an inspection of their house; and Yad Vashem honoring him and his wife for their war-time efforts in 1977.
    Johannes de Vries
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1988 June 02

    Physical Details

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Vries, Johan de.
    Corporate Name
    Yad Vashem (Jerusalem)

    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Johannes de Vries 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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