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Witnesses’ Stories


The number of people who have experienced the Second World War is getting smaller. In order to preserve the experiences and impressions of the war and record them for the future, the Heritage of War programme of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport made a subsidy available for so-called Oral History. Within this framework, initiators could run projects in which interviews were conducted with witnesses of the war. This resulted in a wide range of interviews on various subjects.

All interviews are digitally stored at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), partner institute of NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In addition to this digital storage, the website Getuigen Verhalen (Witnesses’ Stories) has been developed by NIOD. It contains all projects with interviews. With this website NIOD wants to keep the memories of the war alive for those who experienced it. Through this website you can now hear first-hand about the war.