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Oral history interview with Gerard van de Beld

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.533 | RG Number: RG-50.570.0024

Gerard van de Beld, born in the Netherlands, discusses growing up near the Dutch German border; working on a farm in Germany; the pro-Nazi leaning of the family with whom he lived; witnessing Kristallnacht; returning to the Netherlands; joining the police; his orders to arrest Jews in Amsterdam; methods used to help Jews escape arrest; guarding transports to Westerbork, Vught, and Amersfoort; living conditions in the camps; anti-Jewish violence by Dutch guards; details of the transport process; his arrest after attempting to join the Resistance; being sent to Amersfoort and Vught; his transfer to Berlin to perform forced labor; and liberation.

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Gerard van de Beld
interview:  2005 January 29
4 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 15:46:28
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