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Oral history interview with Louis de Groot

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.805 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0805

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Mr. de Groot's childhood in Arnhem, Holland, his recollections of the invasion of the Netherlands by Germany in 1940, the family's failed attempts to flee to England, and their return to Arnhem. Mr. de Groot describes the implementation of anti-Jewish laws in Holland, the discrimination Dutch Jews were subject to, and his family's decision to go into hiding in 1941 when he was 11 years old. He describes the multiple moves he and his family made, hiding with different families, and his experiences while being hidden, including with a family involved in underground resistance activities. Mr. de Groot describes his close relationship with this family, the Ungerways, and their loyalty and affection for him. Mr. DeGroot discusses his painful separation from his parents and sister, and his experiences in an orphanage for Jewish children. Mr. de Groot describes fighting in 1948 in Israel, returning to Holland in 1949, and emigrating to the United States in 1950, where he married and had a family.

Interviewee
Louis de Groot
Date
1989 September 12  (interview)
1989 October 25  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:24:52
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