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Belpop – an oral history of music

Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie
Time period: the second half of the 20th century until now
Number of interviews: ≥66
Accessibility: partially online
Period of interviews: 2008-now

Partially available online

Other seasons can be found in the VRT archives

Title: Belpop: de eerste vijftig jaar

Author: Jan Delvaux

Publisher: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts, Ghent, 2011
ISBN: 9789089312495

Belpop is a TV program about the Belgian pop scene on Canvas. It refers to belpop, a collective term for music by Belgian groups. Since 2008, each episode deals with one artist, sometimes several artists get the floor. They talk about the past of belpop. Between 2008 and 2020, Luc Janssen did the interviews and voice-over. As of 2023, Bent van Looy took over this task. Also see a review of this last season here.


Jan Delvaux, contributor to the program, also published a book in 2011 entitled Belpop: de eerste vijftig jaar, in which he describes the history of Belgian pop music, from Kili Watch of The Cousins to the present.


Also see the following video on belgian music history: Belpop Bonanza #1000 – Een duik in 40 jaar AB geschiedenis

Forward Farming [Vooruitboeren]

Time period: 1950-2000
Number of interviews: 58
Accessibility: Beperkt openbaar. Verzoeken voor inzage via e-mail naar
Transcripts: Beperkt openbaar. Verzoeken voor inzage via e-mail naar
Period of interviews: 2015



Cover van boek Vooruitboeren

Vooruitboeren. Overijssel 1950-2000 

Ewout van der  Horst en Martin van der Linde

WBOOKS, 2016

ISBN: 9789462581678

Historians Ewout van der Horst and Martin van der Linde of the Overijsselacademie spoke with more than sixty farmers, farmers’ wives and related professional groups from Overijssel about the changes within the agricultural sector. The arrival of the milking machine, tractor and cubicle stall meant a major change in agricultural operations and the lives of farmers. With melancholy and pride, people talk about things like land, education, breeding, cooperatives and livestock markets, about how, with hard work, little by little they were able to farm ahead.
With the help of photographer and cameraman Albert Bartelds, the people’s life stories have also been portrayed.


Through the online platform MijnStadMijnDorp, hundreds of stories, films and photographs have been published that offer a personal glimpse into postwar farm life in Overijssel.


  • For video footage of the interviews (excerpts), see here.
  • For brief biographies of the interviewees and downloadable text edits of the interviews, see here.


In the richly illustrated book Vooruitboeren, the researchers describe how farming changed from tradition to agricultural entrepreneurship.


Red or no bread

© AMSAB-ISG - Binnenzicht van de bakkerij van de coöperatie SM Vooruit. Gent.
Time period: 1900-1995
Number of interviews: 68
Accessibility: openbaar
Transcripts: ja
Period of interviews: 1998-1999

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Bread was the chief component of the workers’ meal, so a good choice to sell in a cooperative. Everyone who was a member of the cooperative could share in the profits, and every worker naturally bought his bread from the cooperative. In the beginning, the activity remained modest, but once the bread was delivered to homes and the distributed profits increased, the cooperative began to grow.


The bakery, which combined advantageous prices with good quality, became a great success. The registration fee was 25 centimes and buyers undertook to buy all their bread from the cooperative. A 6% discount in the form of purchase vouchers and reinvestment of part of the profits quickly made Vooruit grow into a complex organisation with all kinds of activities. People’s pharmacies and shops selling groceries, coal, garments and shoes appeared. By 1901, the company had grown from one bakery with 150 members to several bakeries, twenty outhouses and more than seven thousand members! On the Garenmarkt (now the Anseeleplein), an old factory was bought in which a bakery, as well as a shop, a coffee house and a meeting room were opened. The first Vlaamse Volkshuis was born.


These interviews were conducted as part of the Interview Project entitled “Red or no bread. A practicum in the subject methodology of the Newest Times partim Oral History in the second candidature of History (second Bachelor of History), academic years 1998-1999 (teacher: Professor Dr Bruno De Wever).

When We Was We

Will Johnson
Number of interviews: 60
Period of interviews: 1985


Saban Lore, Tales from My Grandmother’s Pipe

Will Johnson

An updated and expanded version of Will Johnson’s 1979 book, which recounts the history and culture of Saba, drawing from both archival sources and personal interviews.The original tapes, covering the lives of over 60 different Sabans, can be found at the Queen Wilhelmina Library in The Bottom, Saba.


Based on taped cassette interviews conducted in 1985 on the island of Saba, this film brings to life stories about living on Saba during the 19th and 20th centuries. 


An updated and expanded version of Will Johnson’s 1979 book, which recounts the history and culture of Saba, drawing from both archival sources and personal interviews.


Sound and vision, Hedda van Gennep
Time period: 1850-1918
Number of interviews: 63 (57 people)
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcripts: summaries
Period of interviews: 1976-1977

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 Beeld & Geluid does contain the following item: the documentary series Voorwaarts en niet vergeten, which processed these interviews


These interviews were made by Hedda van Gennep in 1976 and early 1977 for the 9-part VARA television series (on 16mm film) Voorwaarts en niet vergeten, broadcast between January 11 and May 5, 1977. The series covers the history of the socialist movement in the Netherlands from 1850-1918, with the last part extending the line to 1976. It lasts a total of 5 hours and 45 min. The start of the series was accompanied in the VARAGids (Jan. 8, 1977) by an article on the background of the project, which included interviews with the project’s scientific advisor Johan Frieswijk.


The persons with whom the interviews were conducted range from all kinds of “nameless” fighters of the socialist labor movement from all over the country – including some of the workers from Friesland already interviewed for the film on Imke Klaver, such as the Brandsma couple and Douwe de Wit – to children of socialist leaders of the first hour such as Schaper, Vliegen, Troelstra and Domela Nieuwenhuis.


Discussions include: the Railway Strike of 1903; the Seamen’s Strike of 1911; the Potato Revolt of 1917; Troelstra’s revolutionary attempt in 1918; the General Diamond Workers Union (ANDB) and Henri Polak; women’s suffrage; Wibaut and social housing; the SDAP; the trade union movement, including the NVV and the NAS but also the Catholic and Christian organizations; the CPH and David Wijnkoop; the SociaalDemocratische Bond (SDB); the Maastricht pottery manufacturer Regout; the influence of the church; more generally, the living conditions of workers in the period under review.


The following people were interviewed:

  • C. Assink
  • dhr. Bildstra
  • Mw. W. Boonstra
  • P. Bos
  • L. Bot (2x)
  • mw. T. Bovens-Corsius (2x)
  • dhr. en mw. Brandsma
  • J. Brinkhuis
  • P. Buys
  • mw. Bijlsma
  • A. Caris
  • Cesar Domela (Nieuwenhuis)
  • ir. A. van Emmenes
  • Dhr. en mw. Faber
  • D. Groenendijk
  • mw. Halma
  • J. Hippe (2x)
  • Harm van Houten
  • Y. Joustra
  • D. Kiburg
  • mw. Y. Kootstra van der Veen
  • K. Meijnders
  • Dirk Mozes
  • Ies Mug
  • mw. B. van den Muyzenberg
  • dr. Polak
  • dhr. Prakke
  • J. Pront
  • dhr. en mw. Rietstra
  • mw. J. Roetman
  • Jan de Ronde
  • B. Sajet
  • dhr. van Sandbergen
  • mw. G. Sanders-Mantel
  • prof. Schaper
  • R. Schuur
  • J. Seedelaar
  • mw. Sieverts-Vliegen (2x)
  • dhr. Spicht
  • mw. StapelMiddelbeek
  • M. Steenman
  • mw. D. van Swieten
  • mw. Terpstra
  • W. van Tilburg
  • Jelle Troelstra
  • M. Vaartjes (2x)
  • J. Veldhuisen
  • J. Velema
  • W. Vellinga (2x)
  • A. Verhoeff
  • mw. J. Vos-Duchateau
  • mw. H. de Vries
  • Douwe de Wit
  • dhr. Zwerver

The very last witnesses

Time period: 1914-1918
Number of interviews: 100
Accessibility: by appointment via
Period of interviews: 2009-2010



‘The Very Last Witnesses’ is an interview project in which 100 very elderly Flemings testify on camera about the First World War.

Together, their stories form the big story of the war in Flanders, in all its facets. The war was profound, not only for those who fought and lived at the front.

All these witnesses were children during the war. Some had to flee headlong to the Netherlands, England or France, others lived under the terror of the occupying forces. Some suffered hunger and missed their fathers who fought at the front or had been taken to Germany as prisoners of war….

De allerlaatste getuigen van WO I

Author: Philip Vanoutrive

Publisher:  Lannoo, 2018

ISBN: 9789401456210

Based on this, Philip Vanoutrive published the book “The very last witnesses of WW1”. The stories of 43 witnesses traverse 23 thematic chapters in which their war memories are each interwoven with historical background information. Vividly, they recount their experiences and adventures. Repulsive anecdotes about death and destruction but also touching or funny stories they can still vividly recall. For some, it was a ‘nice and fun’ time – something happened for once! For the other, childhood dreams exploded like an exploding grenade.

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


Last Eyewitnesses Second World War

Stichting Oorlogsverhalen
Time period: 1940-1945
Number of interviews: 57
Accessibility: on demand
Transcripts: summaries available
Period of interviews: 2019 - present

Upon request and on rare occasions, the raw material can be viewed.


The ‘Last Eyewitnesses of the Second World War’ features survivors who experienced the war first-hand both in the Netherlands and in the then Dutch East Indies, and those for whom the effects during and after the war are felt to this day. They are unique, personal testimonies, filmed and published for and by the War Stories Foundation.


The shortened interviews are public and directly accessible through the War Stories Foundation website.


Pia Media produced five TV broadcasts for broadcaster ONS/Nostalgienet The Last Eyewitnesses of the Second World War in the East Indies in 2022, in which (some of) these interviews were used.






Jewish Amsterdam

Joods Cultureel Kwartier / Philo Bregstein
Time period: 1900-1940
Number of interviews: 72
Accessibility: restricted public
Transcripts: 8 complete, rest summaries
Period of interviews: 1975-1977

The film and the interviews can be found in DAAN, the digital archive of Sound & Vision with the search terms “Op zoek naar Joods Amsterdam”

The interviews were made for Bregstein’s film “In Search of Jewish Amsterdam”, created at the initiative of the City of Amsterdam on the occasion of the city’s 700th anniversary celebrations. Film and interviews cover Jewish Amsterdam up to 1940. The film had its premiere on 29 December 1975 in Amsterdam. It was also broadcast on television by the NCRV on 8 February 1976.

Some of the research was done by Salvador Bloemgarten, who also worked with Bregstein on the screenplay. The film was produced by Jan Vrijman Cineproductie.


The integral film text was later published in the book Op zoek naar Joods Amsterdam / film by Philo Bregstein, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff (film texts), 1981 (partly previously published in Parool and Skoop). At the back (pp.59-76) is a diary Bregstein kept on the preparations and production of the film.


More extensive excerpts from the interviews were included in Herinneringen aan Joods Amsterdam / edited by Philo Bregstein and Salvador Bloemgarten, Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1978 (340 pp). Some additional interviews were conducted in 1977 for this purpose. The book includes a list of ‘narrators’, as well as a list of biographical notes concerning the interviewees.


Copies of the collection are managed by Jewish Cultural Quarter. The original is managed by Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision.

Memories of the Dutch Indies

Indisch Herinneringscentrum (IHC)
Time period: 1930-1990
Number of interviews: 88
Accessibility: public
Transcripts: partly
Period of interviews: 2012-2018

Part of the collection is housed at DANS


Het project Herinneringen aan Indië is gestart in 2012. Guido Abuys (conservator Westerbork, tevens zoon van één van de geïnterviewden) startte het project als een vrijwilligersproject. Aanleiding voor het project was het werk van Esmeralda Böhm en Guido Abuys in Duitsland in opdracht van de NOS/NTS, waar ze op zoek waren naar mensen die de ‘bersiap’ periode hebben meegemaakt. Er waren weinig verhalen beschikbaar. Dit motiveerde Guido Abuys het interviewproject Herinneringen aan Indië op te zetten. In dit project werden levensverhalen verzameld. Doelstelling was om zo veel mogelijk verhalen te verzamelen van de eerste generatie ‘Indische Nederlanders’ voor hun overlijden.
Hoofdvraag: Hoe heeft u de aanloop naar de Tweede wereldoorlog, de Indonesische onafhankelijkheidsoorlog, de periode daarna en de reis naar Nederland en aankomst in Nederland ervaren? Via de IHC-nieuwsbrief is toentertijd een oproep gedaan, mensen konden zich opgeven om geïnterviewd te worden. De meeste geïnterviewden zijn witte Nederlandse mannen. Er zijn ook enkele Indonesiërs geïnterviewd. In sommige gevallen zijn er objecten gefotografeerd van mensen die geïnterviewd zijn.
Deze zijn in de IHC beeldbank opgenomen en zullen nog herleid worden naar de interviews.


De interviews gaan in op gebeurtenissen en ervaringen in de jaren 1930 – 1990.
Er wordt voornamelijk over Indonesië en Nederland gesproken. Thema’s zijn o.a. het leven voor de Tweede Wereldoorlog, de koloniale samenleving, de Japanse inval, krijgsgevangenschap, de bevrijding, de Indonesische revolutie, repatriëring, aankomst en ontvangst in Nederland.


Beheer: De collectie wordt beheerd door het Indisch Herinneringscentrum (IHC) en is deels ondergebracht bij Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS).
Toegang: De collectie is openbaar. Bij interesse kan materiaal opgevraagd en bekeken worden in het kenniscentrum van het IHC (CC 0.4).