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Oral history interview with Eline Hoekstra-Dresden

Oral History | Accession Number: 1994.A.0449.5 | RG Number: RG-50.090.0005

Eline Hoekstra Dresden, born on January 4, 1923 in the Hague, Netherlands, discusses being the youngest of four Jewish children; her family’s move to Utrecht when she was two years old; her parents taking in two Jewish refugee children from Germany; the German invasion of the Netherlands; the German authorities forcing the two refugee children to leave Eline’s family; graduating from high school in 1940; being expelled from college in 1941 because of the anti-Jewish measures; the seizure of her family’s home; giving birth to her son Daniel in 1941; hiding Daniel with a non-Jewish family; being deported with her parents in April 1943 to an internment camp called De Schaffelaar in Barneveld, Netherlands; the mass deportation of inmates to Westerbork transit camp; enduring squalor, disease, hard and dehumanizing labor, and starvation alongside her parents at Westerbork until the camp was liberated by Canadian troops on April 12, 1945; reuniting with her son; and migrating to Oregon in 1958.

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Eline Hoekstra-Dresden
Erik Harper
interview:  1994 April 14
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:48:53
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