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Oral history interview with Wilhelmina Juhlin

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2015.288.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0821

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    Oral history interview with Wilhelmina Juhlin


    Interview Summary
    Wilhelmina Juhlin, born on November 14, 1939 near Alkmaar, Netherlands, discusses her parents and their condensed milk factory; the paternal and maternal sides of her family; coming from Dutch Jewish families who could trace their roots to Amsterdam in the 18th century; her family moving in with her grandparents in Amsterdam in 1942 after the ghetto was established; her brother’s birth in 1941; living in hiding with a family in Amstelveen, Netherlands for about four years; staying in contact with the family who hid her; the confiscation of her parents’ factory before the move to Amsterdam; police coming to the apartment in late summer 1942 and taking her and her parents to the Hollandsche Schouwburg theater in central Amsterdam, which was used as a holding place before deportations to the Westerbork transit camp; her grandparents coming to the theater to say goodbye, during which she was able to leave the theater and go home with them; her parents’ deportation first to Westerbork and then to Auschwitz, where they were killed on August 8, 1942; her mother’s younger sister, who was also deported to and killed in Auschwitz; attending a conference for hidden children in New York, which spurred a deeper interest in researching this part of her family history for both her and her brother; the fates of other family members; her grandparents placing her and her brother with separate family acquaintances in Amstelveen, one Catholic and one Protestant, so they could be hidden; her grandparents’ deportation in 1944 to Bergen-Belsen; her grandfather’s death at Bergen-Belsen and her grandmother’s survival; reuniting with her grandmother and brother and immigrating to the United States, where her mother’s older sister lived in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, New York, in 1946; her grandmother’s life as a single parent to her and her brother; learning what had happened to her parents when she was about ten years old; her grandmother’s emphasis on learning English so she and her brother would be ready to go to school; living in the same apartment building as her aunt, uncle, and cousins; how her grandmother received restitution; her grandmother’s job at a jewelry firm in Manhattan, New York; visiting the Netherlands with her grandmother and brother in the early 1950s; her grandmother’s death in 1988; life in hiding; food shortages and blackouts; staying in touch with the family she hid with; the family who hid her brother; occasionally visiting her brother while they were both in hiding; receiving reparations after the war from the Dutch government; attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine and studying French literature; her brother’s studies in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her three children and sharing her wartime experiences with them; and her reflections on how her wartime experiences have impacted her life.
    Ms. Wilhelmina Juhlin
    Ina Navazelskis
    interview:  2015 July 16

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    Juhlin, Wilhelmina.

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Wilhelmina Juhlin on July 16, 2015.
    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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