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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.

Henri de Wolf | Wolf is the name

Buddy Hermans, Stichting Beeldlijn
Time period: 1960 - 1986
Number of interviews: 6 (van 24 in totaal)
Accessibility: Available through Filmbank Groningen
Period of interviews: 1989

Archivist: Buddy Hermans, Beeldlijn Foundation
Archive manager: Filmbank Groningen/Groninger Archieven
Interviews conducted: 1989
Number: 6 interviews (of 24 total)



Management: The collection is managed by Filmbank Groningen/Groninger Archives.
Access: The collection is public. The video files can be viewed directly online via Filmbank Groningen.
Preservation: The collection has been digitized and permanently stored at an e-depot.


Publication(s) associated with the collection: Hermans, B. (Director). (1990). Henri de Wolf | Wolf is the name
(and for sidewalk friends Hannibal). Beeldlijn Foundation.

The interviews were conducted for the documentary Wolf is the name (and for sidewalk friends Hannibal) by Buddy Hermans and Jan de Ruiter.
The documentary portrays artist Henri Wolf and shines a light on the artistic and cultural climate in the city of Groningen in the 1960s to the 1980s. The interviews were conducted with acquaintances of Henri Wolf and are partly about his Indian background.
Time, place and themes: The interviews deal with events and experiences in the 1960s – 1986.
They are mainly about the Netherlands. Themes include influence of Indian descent, private life, art, working through.



Squatters’ Movement Groningen

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap
Time period: 1977-1987
Number of interviews: 12
Accessibility: For research purposes
Transcripts: 4 interviews complete, rest summaries
Period of interviews: 1987

Medium: 18 cassette tapes

As part of the optional course Interview II for history students at the University of Groningen (RUG), interviewers held discussions with people who were active in the Groningen squatters’ movement between 1977 and 1987. Emphasis is placed on the personal experiences of the individual squatters, the attitude of the squatters’ movement towards (official) authorities and organisations, and the relationships within the squatters’ movement itself.
Some individuals preferred not to appear before the microphone under their own or their full names.
The research resulted in an extensive report entitled: Kraken in Groningen 1977-1987. This report includes transcripts and summaries, a historical overview of the Groningen squatters’ movement and a short bibliography.


Brochure van het Bewonerskollektief Oude Erkazet, Groningen mei 1982.

Groningen during wartime

Time period: 1940-1945

Timeframe: 1940-1945

Location: Groningen

Number of interviews: 14


All videos can be viewed via:



Some of the videos can be seen via:


Interviews with 14 witnesses who tell about their experiences during the occupation and liberation of Groningen and its surroundings.

Eyewitnesses of the Scholtenhuis

Time period: 1943-1945



Realisation project:



Time frame: 1943-1945
Location: Groningen
Number of interviews: 10


Thematic collection: Erfgoed van de Oorlog








For many inhabitants of the city of Groningen, the Scholtenhuis was a notorious building during the war. The building on the east side of the Grote Markt served as the headquarters of the Sicherheitsdienst, the German intelligence service. Hermann Conring, the representative of the Reich Commissioner Seyss-Inquart in the north of the Netherlands, also had his seat here. In addition, the building was a prison, where countless (resistance) people were interrogated, tortured and deported to be killed.


On 15 April 1945, one day before the liberation of Groningen, the Scholtenhuis burned to the ground.

Ten people who had to deal with the Scholtenhuis, for example as a prisoner, family member of a prisoner, supplier or typist, have told their story. From different perspectives, their testimonies shed new light on the functioning of the building.

Het Scholtenhuis direct na de bevrijding. (Foto: Haijer en Mees / Groninger Archieven)

125 years of Strowboard in Nieuweschans

Rightholder: GAVA/Willem Friedrich
Time period: 1870 - 1995
Number of interviews: 12
Accessibility: Unknown
Transcripts: Unknown
Period of interviews: 1993 - 1995

Conversations on the occasion of the book “125 years The Factory: cardboard in Nieuweschans” – Willem Friedrich


The ”Nieuweschans” was ”founded” in 1870.  In 1888 the ”Dollard”  In 1995 the managing director at the time, Mr Piet Gruppelaar, asked Willem J. Friedrich: ”Would it be something for you to describe 125 years of cardboard in Nieuweschans?” Willem did not have to think long.  A beautiful book came into being, from which various photos and detailed descriptions about “the Dollard” emerged.

The ”cherry on the cake” is formed by this film:

125 jaar De Fabriek : karton in Nieuweschans
Willem J. Friedrich
Nieuweschans : Triton Karton

How t was

Groninger Archieven
Number of interviews: 31



Number of interviews: 31

In Hou t was Groningers – the title says it all – tell about their lives in the past. This resulted in interesting, recognisable and sometimes moving stories, which were broadcast by RTV Noord. These television reports generally lasted about seven minutes and were supported by suitable visual material from the collection of GAVA and the Groninger Archives, which can be viewed via filmbankgroningen.

The complete and unedited interviews with these Groningers last on average over an hour.  The stories are also extensively summarised and presented in fragments, in Dutch. The interviews are usually in the Groningen language. This is the language in which the interviewees can best express themselves and feel comfortable with. The setting in which the interviewees tell their stories is also designed for this: their own living rooms, sitting in easy chairs. These unedited interviews can be viewed here by searching for the name of the interviewee.

The stories in Hou t was are eyewitness reports and do not necessarily reflect historical reality. They are people’s personal memories, but that does not make them any less valuable. Their lives have conformed to them.