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Storia de nhas Pais

Geschiedenislab (Overgedragen aan Stadsarchief Rotterdam)
Time period: 1955-1975
Number of interviews: 13 (13 persons)
Accessibility: Open
Transcripts: Yes
Period of interviews: 2014

Collection interviews:

Stadsarchief Rotterdam



About the Project:


Medium: Onbekend

Young Cape Verdean Rotterdammers conducted interviews in 2014 with Cape Verdeans who had arrived in the city between 1955 and 1975 and had made a living there.


In 2021, International Studies student Maxime Schut at Leiden University studied six interviews from 2014. She also interviewed seven Cape Verdean interviewers about why it was important for them to take part in the project. Thus, a collection of interviews was formed on audio and video, transcribed and sometimes translated.

The podcast draws attention to this collection and to the history of Cape Verdians in Rotterdam, but also to the importance of preserving these kinds of stories for future generations.


010nu – Eerste generatie Kaapverdianen vertellen verhaal aan Rotterdam Vertelt

Hanuš Renner tells about Czechoslovakia

Stichting Film en Wetenschap / Wilma van de Wetering
Time period: 1946-1968
Number of interviews: 1 (1 person)
Accessibility: restricted
Transcripts: None
Period of interviews: 1987

The collection has not yet been digitized and therefore cannot be viewed directly at Beeld & Geluid. Digitization can, however, be requested from Beeld & Geluid via:

Medium: 2 cassette tapes

History student Wilma van de Wetering (RUU) interviewed historian of Czech origin Hanuš (Hans) Renner (born 1946) of the University of Groningen about his experiences in Czechoslovakia until 1968, when he came to the Netherlands. Renner came from a “bourgeois” background – his father ran a trading company – which made it difficult for him and his family to hold their own under communist rule. Nevertheless, he finished grammar school and began studying history in Prague in 1964-65. He followed with interest the liberalization that took place in Czechoslovak politics during the 1960s. During the Russian invasion of Prague in 1968, he found himself abroad and decided not to return to his country for the time being. He came to the Netherlands where his decision became final.



Hungarian refugees in Flanders in 1956

Logo Amsab-ISG
UGent Vakgroep Nieuwste Tijden
Time period: 1900-1990
Number of interviews: 16
Accessibility: Reading room AMSAB-ISG
Transcripts: Yes (in print)
Period of interviews: 2002-2003

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The 1956 Hungarian refugee flow illustrates how the international community can quickly resolve a humanitarian crisis. The first asylum countries did not bear the brunt of their humanitarian response to the massive request for protection from the many Hungarians.


The 1956 Hungarian flow of refugees illustrates how the international community can quickly resolve a humanitarian crisis. The first asylum countries did not bear the brunt of their humanitarian response to the massive request for protection from the many Hungarians.
The 1956 refugee crisis also shows how broad support for refugee protection can facilitate inclusion.


Students from the Vakgroep Nieuwste Tijden at Ghent University conducted oral history interviews with 16 Hungarian refugees who came to Belgium in 1956.

In addition to the full transcripts, 10-minute summaries are available.

Destined for Ghent

Integratiedienst Gent and Amsab-ISG
Number of interviews: 45
Accessibility: One-time registration and login
Transcripts: yes
Period of interviews: 2011


Medium: wav-files

Migration is of all times. Time and again, people have said goodbye to their native land for various reasons, facing a sometimes very uncertain future. It takes courage to leave everything familiar behind and build a new existence on unfamiliar ground. The ‘Destined for Ghent’ project aims to record stories, rituals and traditions of people with a migration background and make them accessible to a wide audience. In all these stories, the focus is on life in the city of Ghent, on the strength and courage needed for a new beginning in a foreign environment.


‘Destined for Ghent’ aims to give migrants’ heritage a place within the growing focus on heritage in general and hopes to encourage migrants of different origins to record (or have recorded) memories of their personal migration stories.

The stories will be collected by ‘trackers’, volunteers who themselves have a migration history. The trackers are offered hands-on training that introduces them to the world of oral history. Armed with this knowledge, they go in search of witnesses to interview.

More than 50 trackers have now successfully completed the training. The first 27 interviews have been delivered. Trackers and witnesses together represent 32 of Ghent’s 159 nationalities.


‘Destined for Ghent ‘ showed the results of the project to the public in various ways. The five duo-photos of trackers and witnesses on Heritage Day kicked off the project. A book, a multimedia application in STAM, an exhibition and numerous other forms of presentation will follow at a later stage.


‘Destined for Ghent’ is a project of AGORA, a Ghent partnership between the city council, various welfare organisations and national associations of migrants. The Integration Service is doing the coordination. Ghent University, STAM (City Museum), Amsab-ISG (Institute of Social History) and FARO (Flemish Cultural Heritage Support Centre) guarantee the scientific input in the project.


© Stad Gent – Integratiedienst/project ‘Bestemd voor Gent’

Dutch East Indies

Dick Verkijk
Number of interviews: 24 (27 people)
Accessibility: restricted
Transcripts: summary
Period of interviews: 1971

The collection has not yet been digitized and therefore cannot be viewed directly at Sound & Vision. Digitization can, however, be requested from Sound & Vision via:


DAAN, the digital archive of Sound & Vision does contain the following item: De repatriëring. Een eind en een begin 01-01-1950

Medium: 5 audio tapes

Japan’s capitulation marked the end of World War II, but also the beginning of the mass exodus of people with Dutch citizenship from the Dutch East Indies.


Some 100,000 Dutch Indians (both of European and European-Asian descent) arrived in the Netherlands on ships in the first years after the war. They came to recover from the hardships of war, internment camps and violence during the struggle for independence, which had erupted immediately after the Japanese surrender.


The series of interviews involves mostly short conversations (ranging from four to 40 minutes) with Dutch East Indies people. They discuss their arrival in the Netherlands and their assimilation into Dutch society. The material was used for an NOS radio program, broadcast in March 1971.


Interviewer(s): Dick Verkijk



Ms. van Bamiset, Mr. Bochove, Mr. Corsmit, Mr. Doeff, Fermin February, Mr. Hakker, Mr. and Mrs. Heering, ir. van Helsdingen, Mr. and Mrs. Jans, Dr. Kraak, Prof. Dr. van Lier, Ms. Nicola, Mr. Oort, K. Pavilcek, father and son Pietersz, Mr. Pratacik, Coen Pronk, Mr. de Riemer, Mr. Robinson, drs. H. Ruiter, ir. J. Sluyters, prof. dr. J.D. Spekman, mr. and mrs. Tielman, ir. de Vries




Museum Maluku interview project

Moluccan residence Villa Elzenpasch

Moluks Historisch Museum (the current Museum Maluku)
Time period: 1930-2008
Number of interviews: 10
Accessibility: restricted public
Transcripts: no
Period of interviews: 2002-2008

The interviews can be listened to by appointment at Museum Maluku, located in Museum Sophiahof. (Requests) can be sent to:

Medium: DV tapes converted to digital video files (AVI)

Moluccans in the Netherlands

The interview project was conducted as part of the presentation and disclosure of collections. The purpose of the interviews was to capture stories for the renewed permanent exhibition starting in 2008.


The interviews focus on events and experiences in the years 1930 – 2008.
They mainly discuss the Netherlands, Indonesia and the Moluccas. Themes include KNIL, military police, residential areas Zeeland, residential area Elzenpasch, women’s emancipation, Moluccan church, management of residential areas.

A list of interviewees is available.


Interviewers: Jeanny Vreeswijk-Manusiwa and Nanneke Wigard.


Woonoord Lunetten, Vugt - 1984
Moluks Historisch Museum (het huidige Museum Maluku)
Time period: 1950-1989
Number of interviews: 7
Accessibility: restricted public
Transcripts: yes
Period of interviews: 2005

Transcripts can be viewed by appointment at Museum Maluku, located in Museum Sophiahof. (Inquiries) can be sent to:


The DAT tapes are managed by Imagine IC


Interview project in collaboration with Imagine IC with former residents residential resorts: Lunetten, Woerden, IJsseloord (Cappelle aan de IJssel), Op de loop (Echt), Wyldemerck (Balk)


The interviews were conducted with the aim of collecting stories about daily life in a number of residential areas to be processed into a website with photographic material from existing collections. On this website the stories of eleven people of the first and second generation emerged, including Catholic Moluccans, Muslim Moluccans and Protestant Moluccans. How did they experience their arrival in the Netherlands?
What was life like in the settlements and how do they look back on it now? This website is no longer
on the air anymore.


It mainly talks about the Netherlands, Vught, Woerden, Capelle a/d IJssel, Harich, Balk.
Themes include residential area Lunetten, residential area IJsseloord, residential area Op de Loop, residential area Wyldemerck, Catholic Moluccans, politics, Muslim Moluccans, Protestant Moluccans, emancipation, help victims of civil war.

Moluccans in the Netherlands various

Moluks Historisch Museum (currently Museum Maluku)
Time period: 1930-2006
Number of interviews: 6
Accessibility: restricted public
Period of interviews: 1990, 2001-2006

Archive numbers: AVD0207 through AVD0212

The interviews are not yet unlocked. The interviews are
available to listen to by appointment at Museum Maluku, located in Museum Sophiahof. The AVD issues can be listened to digitally. (Questions and requests can be sent to:

Medium: Minidiscs converted to digital audio files (WAV)

Museum Maluku has several interviews in its collection collected for various reasons.
The interviews discuss events and experiences in the years 1930 – 2006.
They are mainly about the Netherlands, Groningen and Indonesia, the Moluccas. Themes include camp elders, Carel Coenraadpolder (CC polder), Commission Rechtspositie Ambonese Militairen en Schepelingen (CRAMS), Dutch Royal Navy.

The war far away

Werkgroep Overijssel Nederlands-Indië Nieuw-Guinea (WONING)
Time period: 1942-1962
Number of interviews: 51
Accessibility: public
Transcripts: Brief summaries available
Period of interviews: 2012-2013




Beeldmateriaal kan niet direct online aangevraagd worden. Er kan contact opgenomen worden met Collectie Overijssel waarna de interviews op afspraak in de studiezalen te bekijken zijn.


Interviews were prompted by the death of Gerrit ter Haars (Overijssel Dutch East Indies New Guinea Working Group) brother in Indonesia during the Indonesian war of independence and his feeling that Dutch veterans had been wronged.

Both Collection Overijssel (formerly Historical Centre Overijssel) and NIOD facilitated the interviews
facilitated by providing cameras and tapes. The objective was to
generate more attention to this war and all those involved through the publication of a book.
Participants were found through personal networks and snowball sampling.


The interviews focus on events and experiences in the years 1942 – 1962.
They mainly discuss Indonesia, the Netherlands and New Guinea. Themes include Second
World War, Indonesian revolution, reoccupation, independence struggle, war volunteers, conscripts, veterans, Darul Islam, TNI.


De oorlog ver weg, 1942-1949
Nederlands-Indie, de Japanse bezetting en de politionele acties

Auteur: Gerrit ter Haar

Uitgever: Gigaboek, Broek op Langedijk, 2013

ISBN: 9789085483755


De oorlog ver weg, 1949-1962

verhalen via interviews van burgers, militairen die de oorlog in Indië hebben meegemaakt

Auteur: Gerrit Ter Haar

Uitgever: Abc Uitgeverij, 2015
ISBN: 9789079859238


East to West

UvA / Theo Stevens
Time period: 1942-1963
Number of interviews: 27
Accessibility: public
Transcripts: yes
Period of interviews: 1992-1995

KITLV / UB Leiden




Het materiaal kan worden aangevraagd via de online catalogus van UB Leiden. De opnames zijn te beluisteren in de Leeszaal Bijzondere Collecties.

Medium: cassettebandjes

Archive and inventory no: D H 1565. The cassette tapes have been transferred to the AV collection of the KITLV.


The interviews are part of the working material resulting from the curriculum at the UvA on the history of the former Dutch East Indies led by Theo Stevens. P. Schuurmans was allowed to use these interviews for her doctoral thesis Adapting to Holland. The collection consists of the research material belonging to Schuurmans’ thesis.

Besides transcripts of several interviews, the collection also contains a notebook with notes and completed survey forms.


The interviews focus on events and experiences in the years 1942 – 1963.
They mainly discuss Indonesia and the Netherlands. Themes include World War II,
Indonesian revolution, migration, repatriation.


Publications linked to the collection: Schuurmans, P. (2002). Adapting to Holland: research
on Indonesian Dutch and their experience of repatriation 1950-1963 [Doctoral thesis]. University
of Amsterdam.