Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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


Um, do you remember any incidents of anti-Semitism when you were a child?

Later, when I was a little bit later uh, um, when uh, it was 19...the war broke out.

So after the war began?


Nothing before?

That was in 1940. And there was a time that my best girlfriend Toos was not playing with me. They moved and, and she was not playing with me because her mother was not real kosher--I mean, she was not so very political evolved, but she had uh, a thing that she hangs over to the German side, that was most her mother. She was...

And she took her daughter away from, from me.

Do you think she was an NSB'rs ?

No. They didn't belong to uh, uh, uh, a club or something. They did not.


But she didn't want to get involved with all the childrens and she took her daughter away from, from me. And...


that was something I missed, as a child. That started, I think, in uh, right after 1940. And it was easy because uh, they moved--I think they moved--well, she was not allowed to play with me. We never talked about it after the war, because after the war, they uh, invited me and I went there and I was uh, fourteen years. I was very happy to see uh, my girlfriend. And we were always together. And um, but I didn't like the mother so very much. When the mother was there...


was uncomfortable. And the mother was mostly working.

Uh, would you talk about any of this at home? Either...

They knew it at home.

They, they knew that her mother was this...

Yes, because after the war, the--that was nice people, they invited...


my sister and brother-in-law to visit them and so they didn't belong to a club like Nazis. But I had the feeling and I'm right in that feeling, that she was a little bit too ???--how do you say? She was a little bit um, she liked that people, the Germans.

Uh-huh. Did your...

But they didn't come at home--there, no Germans came there at home.

No Germans came...


to their house?


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