Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Miriam Troostwyk - May 28, 1998 and June 3, 1999


I got the impression from we--the last interview, that you were fairly suspicious and...


very careful...

Yeah, I'm still...

even they you were...

that's my nature.

even though you were fairly aggressive. Like this, this--someone came and--this couple came and you...


suspected them of, uh.

I don't like them, yeah. My parents were such nice people, I cannot--they cannot believe that...

They trusted everyone.

Everyone. And my sister is exactly the same.

Whatever happened with that...

Maybe I was little bit more spoiled, I don't know what it was. I didn't--they were so--they were too nice, that people that came. And we didn't know of luxury, we were not into luxury. We had tsuris it was like everybody ???.

Uh-huh. And you think they worked for the Germans?

Yes, they did.

They did work for the Germans?


He did?


So you told your parents so stay away from them?

"I'm not going." I said, "I'm not going."

All right.

And you--I don't want that you go, because they take our money and then they hand us over to the Germans.

And your parents, wisely, it turned out, always seemed to have listened to you?

No, they didn't listen, but uh...

But you were right.

Well, I think my father was--had passed away already. That was in ...41. So...

So ???.

So it was my brother-in-law and my sister. And my brother-in-law said [laughs] to my sister, "You know, the little one is right." And, and then we had backpacks after--oh, yeah and then I had a dark blue coat and in the lining, they were showing money. And they said, "This money, when you come in the concentration camp and you have to be by yourself, maybe you can do something with the money." I said--and I said, "I'm not listening, because we don't go to a concentration camp. We are going with--I want to go where my girlfriend is. I want to be hiding."



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