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Oral history interview with Cornelis Verbiest

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.583 | RG Number: RG-50.570.0002

Cornelis Verbiest, born in Goeree Overflakkee, Netherlands in 1918, discusses his poor rural upbringing; the prewar Jewish community in his town; the interaction among religious groups in Goeree Overflakkee; deciding to join the police force in 1938 as a way to escape poverty; the German invasion in May 1940; being mobilized into the army; joining the Amsterdam police in August 1940; collecting radios as part of his police work; the atmosphere in Amsterdam and the police force; working with the Resistance; taking part in attacking the National Printing Bureau to collect blank documents for forging; Nazi restrictions on the Jewish population; the role of Dutch citizens in the roundup of the Jewish community; his role in arresting asocials; social and career pressures to follow orders; and holding a press conference in 1946 to call out war criminals among the police force.

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Cornelis Verbiest
interview:  2004 May 03
5 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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