Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Talking with Children

Well, so you didn't talk--well, you, you told your children. I guess that's, that's ???...

Later I told Alice and I went with her to the house with her girlfriend, which was a Jewish girl too. And we--I showed her. And then I gave her books and she was interested. And she was--later she was reading books about it and...

You went to the house in, in...

Yes. She saw the house.

In Velp.


She took a trip back to Holland?


Oh, she was born, she was born in Holland.

She was maybe fourteen years old. I took her to the ho...house and I showed her where we were hiding in the house, because we had a real hiding uh, it was--let's say, an attic with two little rooms in the attic. We had the biggest room. And there was a corridor to go to our room from the attic. Um, and they made a--like this uh, with a door.

Like a bookcase.

Yes. And we had to go through the bookcase in there. But they could find it immediately, but I think it was pretty safe. And it--our window, it was like this, but smaller, the half of it...


in our bedroom that was uh, over because the roof was like this and it was divided over the neighbors. So in my mind I thought when you are in the--back in the garden, they think that this window is from the neighbors. We will be safe in this room.

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