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Oral history interview with Cornelis van den Bogert

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.584 | RG Number: RG-50.570.0003

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Cornelis van der Bogert, born in Hedel, Netherlands in 1917, discusses his childhood in the small religious village; his trade school education; deciding to become a professional soldier in 1937 because it offered more choices; the German invasion; capitulation and the demobilization process; joining the police; feeling loyalty towards the Queen; methods used to avoid arresting people called up for forced labor; his feelings about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ police; working with the Resistance; the organization of the Resistance; the increasing restrictions placed on the Jewish community; working as a guard in the concentration camp Westerbork in 1942 and 1943; his first impressions of the camp; the camp’s organization; living conditions in the camp; building relationships with Jewish prisoners; the deportation process; and smuggling a baby out of the camp.

Interviewee
Cornelis van den Bogert
Date
2004 May 04  (interview)
Language
Dutch
Extent
4 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:39:14
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