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Oral history interview with Arie Legerstee

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.131.1 | RG Number: RG-50.972.0001

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Arie Legerstee, born on February 7, 1922 in Mijnsheerenland, Netherlands, describes his parents; being the oldest of six children; being raised a devout protestant in the Dutch Reform Church; attending a two room Christian school; reading the Bible after meals on Sundays; the German invasion of Holland on May 10, 1940; witnessing the parachute troops landing; graduating from the Ambught School as a master machinist in the spring of 1940; being selected for deportation to work for the Germans; being the first person deported from Mijnsheerenland; his brother, Jan, who went into hiding; being taken to Eberswalde, Germany, where he worked for almost three years doing forced labor; his work at the Franz Seiffert Factory producing munitions for the Nazis; the evacuation of the factory as the Russian forces approached and escaping with his future wife and another couple; and hiding for several weeks until they intercepted the Russians.

Arie Legerstee
Rev. Dr. Dirkje F. Legerstee
1996 July 23  (interview)
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dirkje F. Legerstee
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