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Oral history interview with Berta Stenkes and John Stenkes

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.80 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0080

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    Oral history interview with Berta Stenkes and John Stenkes


    Interview Summary
    Berta (born in 1920 in Veenwouden, Netherlands) and John Stenkes (born in 1918 in North Bergen, Netherlands) describe their families and growing up in the Netherlands; hiding people during the war; being raised as Baptists; getting married in 1940; the German invasion of Holland in 1940; Germans deporting Romanies at first; listening to the English radio station; hiding Jews in their home but having them live openly as Baptists; befriending a German soldier and how the soldiers were afraid of the SS too; surviving by buying goods and supplies off of the black market; being forced to hide five German soldiers in their home; and immigrating to Canada after the war.
    John Stenkes
    Berta Stenkes
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1988 June 01

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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 Berta and John Stenkes on June 1,1988 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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