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Oral history interview with Aart Bouter and Johanna Bouter

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.7 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0007

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Aart Bouter discusses his father (Wilhelm Bouter), brother, and two sisters; working for a milk company and eventually going into sales; the banning of Jehovah's Witnesses in Holland in August 1940; first meeting Jehovah's Witnesses in July 1940; being interested in becoming a Witness along with his fiancée (Johanna); being secretly baptized in a house; his reasons for becoming a Witness; being arrested on February 15, 1942; being transported by tram to Den Haag (Hague , Netherlands) for interrogation and staying there for six months; being sent to a camp in Amersfoort and the conditions there; the cigarette trade in the camp; witnessing the deportation of Russian Mongolians; being sent back to Schagen, Netherlands; working with Andre Schouchfer and bringing him a list of names of the other Witnesses he saw at Arnersfoort; being taken to Bittenhuff with Schouchfer; refusing to betray the Witnesses and being beaten; transported from Schagen by train to Germany and the other people on the train with him; arriving at Sachsenhausen concentration camp; his work loading and unloading train cars; having large Witness meetings; literature being smuggled into the camp from sisters on the outside; being assigned to work in the castle of the widow Frau Heydrich in Czechoslovakia in 1944 with 15 other brothers; working in the horse stables; helping the local people; refusing as a group to barricade the road to Dresden; the group also deciding not to hide Frau Heydrich as the war came to an end; wearing Heydrich's clothing at the end of the war; and how the humor of the Witnesses contributed to their survival.

Interviewee
Johanna Bouter
Aart Bouter
Interviewer
Robert Buckley
Date
1990 September 04  (interview)
Language
Dutch
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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