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Oral history interview with Andrew van Schilfgaarde

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.27 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0027

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    Oral history interview with Andrew van Schilfgaarde


    Interview Summary
    Andrew van Schilfgaarde, born in 1933 in The Hague, Netherlands, describes growing up one of seven children; being members of the Christian Community Church but not being particularly religious or political, though they did vote; having many Jewish friends; being aware of the persecution against Jews as his friends dropped out of school and were deported; the vacated homes being looted or taken over by the Germans; his attempts to listen to the BBC and being caught with a radio, which was a forbidden item; stealing food to survive and selling the food back on the black market; hiding Jews for a few days in the attic before they went on to another house, then to France, and then to England; how his neighbors were a problem because they might report them; the role of resistance groups as the contact point for the rescue activities; how human values change due to starvation; leaving Holland in 1956 and going to the United States; having a landscape business then working in the food and drink business; not discussing his wartime experiences with his wife or friends; his life-philosophy to live day by day; and knowing that the past cannot be changed but something like the Holocaust should never happen again.
    Andrew van Schilfgaarde
    interview:  1984 October 31
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Council

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council interviewed Andrew van Schilfgaarde on October 31, 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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