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Oral history interview with Berendina Diet Eman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.371 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0481

Berendina Diet Eman, born in 1920 in Hague, Netherlands, discusses her childhood in a Protestant family; the five days the Netherlands was at war with Germany in 1940 and the German occupation of the country; her feelings about Queen Wilhelmina and the rest of the Dutch royal family; her desire to resist the German occupation and her collaboration with her boyfriend Hein to send Jews to the Dutch countryside; stealing identification cards from German offices to give to Jews in hiding; how her Christian faith sustained her during the war; the danger involved in working for the resistance; using false names and hiding in different places to avoid Gestapo questioning after 1943; the arrest and death of Hein in 1944 because of his activities in the resistance; her arrest during a train inspection because of a mistake on her false identification card; her experiences in prison and then in Vught concentration camp; her interaction with Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom; means of resistance in the camp; her release and continuing her work for the Dutch resistance while in hiding; her liberation by the Canadian Army on April 20, 1945; and her reflections on her part in the resistance.

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Diet Eman
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  2003 November 06
Oral histories.
10 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:52:33
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