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Oral history interview with Alice Meilof

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.17 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0017

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    Oral history interview with Alice Meilof


    Interview Summary
    Alice Meilof (née Prviksma), born in the Netherlands 20 miles from the German border, describes being 14 to 19 years of age during the war; her brothers and sisters; her father, who took in three Jewish boys brought to him by the underground; having to move the boys from time to time; how the boys helped her father in his work as a butcher; the hiding place in their house, which was simply a hole in the floor with a carpet rolled over it; the Germans never coming to search the house; her father’s motivation to take in the Jewish boys because of his belief in the Christian Reformed concept of “to do something good is normal”; her mother providing farm food to people who had escaped the bigger cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam; how her father was in command of a region of the underground; her work as a messenger; how nothing could be spoken out loud since neighbors or others might overhear and report their activities; the lack of food in the big cities such that people were eating tulip bulbs and their pets; housing five policemen for two nights; her emotions when they were liberated by the Canadians; and still feeling sorry for the German soldiers in their defeat.
    Alice Meilof
    interview:  1984 September 18
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Council

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Meilof, Alice.

    Administrative Notes

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council interviewed Alice Meilof on September 18, 1984 as part of the international conference "Faith in Humankind: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust" held at the U. S. Department of State, Washington, DC.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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