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Oral history interview with Jopie de Jong

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.11 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0011

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Jopie de Jong, born April 16, 1897, describes being arrested by a Dutch police officer; being taken to several prisons, including the police prison on the Alkemadelaan in the Hague; remaining there for seven weeks and being fed very little; being asked by a German officer to sign a paper renouncing his faith as a Jehovah's Witness so that he could be released and his refusal to do so; being beaten until he was rendered unconscious; coming to and being hit with a piece of metal by a Dutch officer; being taken to a Dutch concentration camp; how the Dutch NSB were even more cruel than the Germans; how in the Amersfoort camp the prisoners were left standing outside stark naked and without food; being completely shaved; his work assignment cutting trees; not being fed in the mornings; going into the forest to find nuts to feed the pigs and successfully sneaking in nuts for the inmates; being sent to Vught, where at one point he had to stand outside so long that his leg was completely frozen and he was sent to the hospital; being transferred to Buchenwald, where every day he saw ten to twenty people die; working, at some point after 1942, in a Henkel airplane factory; and remaining a Jehovah's Witness.

Interviewee
Jopie de Jong
Interviewer
Robert Buckley
Date
1991 September 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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