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Oral history interview with Alice Paulus

Oral History | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.23 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0023

Alice Paulus (née Rijskamp), born in 1915, describes being newly married with a five month old baby when she and her husband began their rescue activities; helping to rescue five people; one couple staying with them for two and a half years in hiding; how many of their friends would not help the Jews, thinking it much too dangerous; believing it was their Christian duty; the most stressful time during the war when her second child was born and there was no hospital, few medicines, and bombs dropping on the city; conducting rescue activities from October 1942 to the end of the war in May 1945, but continuing to host the couple because there was no place for them to live; how three of her husband’s brothers also hid Jews; speaking to church groups often when they first came to Ohio in 1957-1962; speaking in the pubic schools; the major influence religion now has on how she lives her life; and her admiration for Winston Churchill and the Holland leadership for being very honest.

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Alice Paulus
Pearl M. Oliner
interview:  1984 September 17
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:18:46
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