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Oral history interview with Jopie de Jong

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

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    Oral history interview with Jopie de Jong


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Jopie de Jong
    Robert Buckley
    interview:  1991 September 15

    Physical Details

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

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    De Jong, Jopie, 1897-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, in cooperation with Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. produced the interview with Jopie De Jong on September 15, 1991.
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