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Oral history interview with Henri Vles

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.586 | RG Number: RG-50.570.0026

Henri Vles, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1916, discusses his family and Jewish upbringing; his parents’ political awareness and their escape to the United Kingdom; working in his father’s business; being fired after the business was taken over by a non-Jewish manager; the German invasion; the German occupation; working in an office where residents could petition to be removed from the lists identifying them as Jewish; being arrested and taken to Westerbork; living conditions in Westerbork; working with Hans Kalmeyer; his wife’s job as Adriaan van As’ secretary; falsifying documents; continually being removed from transport lists; issues involving Portuguese Jews who claimed not to be Jewish; meeting the camp commandant Gemmeker; liberation; and the committee created to run the camp after liberation.

Henri Vles
interview:  2005 July 12
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 15:46:29
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