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Oral history interview with Frank Gryzenhout

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.286.1 | RG Number: RG-50.740.0001

Frank Gryzenhout (né Franciscus Grijzenhout), born in 1925 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, discusses his early life; his family; growing up in a mixed Protestant and Catholic family; antisemitism in Amsterdam; the arrest of Jewish people; his role in the Dutch resistance; derailing German trains; post-war Dutch reprisals against collaborators; seeing a Jewish prison camp in the center of Amsterdam; being arrested for his role in the resistance; living conditions in Amersfoort, Vught, and Dachau; bartering cigarettes for food in camps; the different types of prisoners; being abused by kapos at Vught; liberation; returning home; reuniting with his parents; being called up for service in the Dutch Army; leaving Holland in 1956 because of his fears of a third world war; contacting a cousin in Salt Lake City to obtain sponsorship; immigrating to the United States with his family; and his life in Utah.

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Frank Gryzenhout
Elise Ahrens
Patrick Ahrens
interview:  2011 February-2011 August
2 DVD : MPEG-2.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elise Ahrens
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:29
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