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Oral history interview with Jacob van Proosdij

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.582 | RG Number: RG-50.570.0001

Jacob van Proosdi, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1921, discusses his childhood in Amsterdam; pursuing a law degree; his family’s involvement in the resistance; becoming involved in Jewish lineage cases during the war; falsifying family records to help hide Jewish people's ancestry; working with a Portuguese synagogue to determine the lineage of the Sephardic Jewish community; working closely with Hans George Calmeyer to determine who was and who was not Jewish; visiting Westerbork weekly to check transport lists; specific cases of aiding the release of Jewish men and women from prison; his relationship with Hans Calmeyer and Albert Gemmeker, the commandant of Westerbork; his suspicions about what was happening to those who were deported; realizing after the war that his decisions determined life and death; being recognized by Yad Vashem; and his involvement in Jewish property restitution cases after the war.

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Jacob van Proosdij
interview:  2004 May 02
3 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:46:26
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