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Oral history interview with Theresa Weerstra

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.30 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0030

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    Oral history interview with Theresa Weerstra


    Interview Summary
    Theresa Weerstra, born August 6, 1907 in Wijckel, Netherlands, describes her father Hans Peopjes, who was a fisherman, and her mother Arendje Roskan; her eight younger siblings, who were all girls; growing up in a family that was not religious but taught her to be generous to everything that is living, from flowers to human beings and never to be prejudiced; living in IJlst in Freisland province when the war broke out; getting married to Martin in 1930 and moving to Chicago, IL that same year during the recession but returning home soon thereafter; living two miles from the Nazi headquarters for the Netherlands; living near a large antisemitic population; taking in an orphaned young Jewish girl, which opened the door to helping many, many more Jews, some of whom she remains in contact with; hiding places they created in their home; housing 18 Jews at one point; receiving help from friends, who got them extra ration cards; delivering a baby born to one of the Jewish couples; the large network of people working in the rescue effort and using codes to relay messages since as there was only one phone in town; and how she is still upset by the Holocaust and does not consider herself a hero.
    Theresa Weerstra
    interview:  1984
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Council

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Weerstra, Theresa, 1907-

    Administrative Notes

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council interviewed Theresa Weerstra in 1984 as part of the international conference "Faith in Humankind: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust" held at the U. S. Department of State, Washington, DC. This copy of the interview was provided to the Museum by Cecil Weestra and Ted Weerstra in May 2016.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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