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Oral history interview with Janny Blom

Oral History | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.3 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0003

Janny Blom, born October 16, 1915 in Almelo, Netherlands, describes living in 17 different foster homes starting when she was 10 years old; becoming aware of changes starting with the July 12, 1942 round-up of Jews; feeling closest to the foster parents with whom she lived for four years and learning from them about how to be thrifty, clean, honest, industrious, and good to all people; working as a dental assistant for Dr. Freidenburg (also spelled Vreedenburg) with whom she and her husband became good friends; hiding the Freidenburgs in their home; her husband carrying out assignments for the underground; moving to Michigan after the war; giving lectures about the war in schools, women’s clubs, and Methodist church circles; her children knowing about the rescue activities during the war; and how her message to children is never to have Nazism ever again and that totalitarianism is a bad state of affairs.

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Blom, Janny Gerritdina
interview:  1984 September 19
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:20:55
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