Life stories

Number of interviews online: 16

Number of videos online: 18

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In the films, which last about two hours each, first generation migrants tell their personal life stories. The films serve a broader purpose: to record the history of twentieth-century migration in the Netherlands.


The series consists of more than 20 interviews.

16 interviews are online:



Watch them on the website of  Imagine IC.



Moving Lesbians


Number of interviews: 5

Part of: Moving Women’s Interviews


playlist moving lesbians

Moving Lesbians contains excerpts from the life stories of five lesbians who contributed greatly to the visibility and emancipation of lesbians in the Netherlands from the 1960s onwards. The pieces come from 5 long video interviews, which are included in Atria’s oral history collection Moving Women’s Interviews.


The women portrayed are:


The portraits and life stories of the individual women also tell a story about crucial social changes for lesbian women. The film was on continuous display at Atria and the Amsterdam Museum during EuroPride (2016). The portraits can also be viewed on the playlist Moving Lesbians  op Atria’s YouTube kanaal.


Nederlands: Grenscorrectie Elten (bij Lobith). Schildering N. op grenspaal, 23 April 1948 Nationaal Archief, archiefinventaris bestanddeelnummer 903-3274 © Joop van Bilsen / Aenfo

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewer: A.P. van Goudoever, A.A.M. van Schaik, R.L. Schuursma, Sj. Vellenga

Number of interviews: 4

Production date: March 1967

Type of interview: scientific

Carrier: 7 tapes

Provider: Historical Sound Archive RUU

Accessibility: for research purposes

Interviewees were asked about their motives for taking up their positions in the discussion about the possible annexation of German territories by the Netherlands immediately after the war.


Interviewee(s): J.A.H.J. van der Dussen, F.J. Goedhart, G.B.J. Hiltermann, H. Verwey-Jonker.


Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewee(s): Gerard Maas, Jaap Wolff
Number of persons: 2
Number of interviews: 3
Production date: February-March 1983
Type of interview(s): scientific
Carrier: 2 tapes
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcription: none

Jaap Wolff (not to be confused with his brother Joop, who also played a prominent role in the CPN leadership) and Gerard Maas, former board members of the CPN, will discuss the history of the Communist Party. Topics include: the period 1958-64; the crisis of 1977 and the fall of party leader Paul de Groot; the CPN during the war; the relationship to social democracy.


Verrips used the interviews for his book Dwars, duivels en dromend. De geschiedenis van de CPN, 1938-1991, Amsterdam: Balans, 1995.

ISBN : 9789050182515

Ger Verrips has written the fascinating and colourful history of the CPN.

He gained access to collections of never-before-examined documents in the hitherto closed archives of the CPN in Amsterdam, the CPSU in Moscow and the BVD. Verrips spoke to the leaders of the party and managed to break through the closed nature of the party leadership. His portrait of Paul de Groot, forty years the dominant leader of the CPN, is surprising. His portrait of the war years and the resistance of the communists is disconcerting. His account of the Cold War, the reactions to the Hungarian uprising, the break with Moscow and the internal party struggles is revealing. The final period of crisis, intellectual revival and ultimate decline are inescapably described.


Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewer: 10 students
Number of interviews: 17

Number of persons: 12
Production date: 1990-1995
Type of interview(s): scientific
Carrier: 31 cassette tapes
Accessibility: restricted, for research purposes
Transcription: 11 transcriptions

The interviews were conducted within the framework of the so-called ‘Prominent Persons Interview Project’, by students of the Documentation Centre for Contemporary History (DNG) of the UvA. The whole project was directed by Professor Piet de Rooy (briefly in collaboration with Dr Selma Leydesdorff) and covered the period 1990 to 1995 inclusive.


Interviews with:

Elisabeth Andersen, Gerard van Bakel, prof. mr. A.D. Belinfante (2x), Pierre van Boxtel, D.H. Couvee (2x), Lotti van der Gaag, mr. J.L. Heldring, J. Moelee, J. (Ko) Pasman (3x), Wim Polak (2x), Bert Schierbeek, Hendrik van Tellingen

Unity Trade Union Centre (EVC) 1943-1948

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewer: P. Coomans, T. de Jonge, E. Nijhof
Number of interviews: 8
Production date: February/March 1972
Type of interview: scientific
Carrier: 23 tapes
Supplier: E. Nijhof
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcription: summary


De Eenheidevakcentrale EVC 1943-1948 // Paul Coomans, Truike de Jonge, Erik Nijhof

oospronkelijk: doctoraalscriptie

ISBN : 9789001390167

In 1944, the foundations were laid for an entirely new trade union organisation, the Eenheidsvakbeweging (EVB). This was an initiative of the underground leadership of the Communist Party of the Netherlands (CPN), which had played an important role in the resistance and hoped to be able to convert the respect it had gained into key positions in post-war society.


In addition to participating in a progressive government, she also envisaged playing a leading role in a renewed trade union movement, in which the old ideological oppositions would be overcome in the interests of the joint struggle for optimum working conditions.


For more information on the interviews and the interviewees, see: SFW Work Edition no. 8 (1995), pp. 4, 15, 16, 18, 19, 24, 29, 35.


The EVC opposed the colonial war and wanted to organise a strike against it, but in vain.

Film criticism 1923-45

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewers: Egbert Barten, Jan Pet, Mette Peters, Aad van der Struis

Number of personen: 9

Number of interviews: 12

Type of interview(s): scientific
Production date: 1987-1993

Accessibility: restricted
Transcription: 3 interviews complete, rest none

It examines whether there has been a development in film criticism during the period in question, from a discussion of the form of film-making to a criticism that discusses film on the basis of its content. The discussion includes the influence of the Dutch Film League, the relationship between film criticism and social developments and the Dutch film-critical response to German anti-Semitic films during the Second World War.


The interviews with Bertina, Bredschneyder, Van der Ham, Huijts, Kok, Koolhaas, Koster, Lichtveld and Scholte were conducted as part of Barten’s research into Dutch film criticism from 1923-45.
On this subject Barten wrote Schrijven voor de prullenmand? A history of Dutch film criticism (1923-1945), Amsterdam (doctoral dissertation Contemporary History, VU University), 1987

Dutch film industry during World War II

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewers: Egbert Barten, Jan Pet, Mette Peters, Aad van der Struis

Number of persons: 13

Number of interviews: 19

Type of interview(s): scientific
Production date: 1987-1993

Accessibility: restricted
Transcription: none



“Were films made during the war?”, people often ask you when you say that you have been researching Dutch film in the Second World War for years. Yes, you name it, it was made in the Netherlands during that time: feature films, documentaries, propaganda films, animated films, advertising films and youth films.

For his research into The Dutch Film Industry during the Second World War, Egbert Barten interviewed the following people:

H.N.J. Beekman, F.P. van den Berg, Joop van Essen, A.C.J. Holla (2x), mw. Hornecker, Frits Kahlenberg, Jan Koelinga (2x), A.W.H. Kommer, R.J. Meijer (3x), E. van Moerkerken, Th.E. van Putten (2x), Gerard Saan, B.P. Wijnberg (2x).


The Filmkrant of July/August 2002, no 235, contains an article on this subject.


Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewers: : Peter Mol, Anneke van Renssen
Number of interviews: 9

Sound carrier: 10 cassette tapes
Type of interview(s): scientific
Production date: 1991-92

Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcription: partial 


The interviewees talk about their involvement in the production of films commissioned by the CPN and in the making of the
television broadcasts of this party since 1965, within the framework of the Zendtijd voor Politieke Partijen (Broadcasting time for political parties, ZPP). The interviews were included in: Bert Hogenkamp and Peter Mol, Van beeld tot beeld. The films and television broadcasts of the CPN, 1928-1986, Amsterdam: Stichting Film en Wetenschap, 1993. The material was also used in Peter Mol, Het mes moest aan twee kanten snijden. Hoe de Communistische Partij van
Nederland used the broadcast time for political parties, 1965-1978, Amsterdam (doctoral thesis New and Newest History, University of Amsterdam), 1995.

Television journalism

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap


Interviewers: Mirjam Prenger
Number of interviews: 16

Number of persons: 13
Sound carrier: 9 sound tapes
Type of interview(s): scientific
Production date: 1990

Accessibility: restricted
Transcription: 1 interview summary 


The interviewees are or have been all connected to the VARA current affairs programme ACHTER HET NIEUWS. The interviews were made as part of Prengers’ PhD research into the development of journalistic conventions within current affairs programmes on television in the 1960s, particularly VARA’s ACHTER HET NIEUWS and KRO’s BRANDPUNT.

On this theme she earlier wrote ‘Van familiemagazine naar actualiteitenrubriek. KRO’s BRANDPUNT in March 1963’, in: Jaarboek Mediageschiedenis 2, Amsterdam: Stichting Mediageschiedenis, 1990, p.157-186 and ‘Rode balletjes’ en cinéma vérité. De VARA, de PvdA en de nieuws- en actualiteitenprogramma’s in de jaren vijftig en 1960′, in: Henk Kleijer e.a. (ed.), Tekens en Teksten. Cultuur, communicatie en maatschappelijke veranderingen vanaf de late middeleeuwen’, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1992, p.158-173.