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Albert Winkler oral history interview with Dini Hansma

Albert Winkler oral history interview with Dini Hansma

Dates: 2002

Interview of Dina Hansma conducted by Albert Winkler on January 30, 2002. A cassette tape and a 34 page typescript of the interview. Hansma's 3 page account called "War Memories of a Child" is included. Hansma discusses how the German occupation of World War II affected her life in the Netherlands. She was eight years old when the war began and thirteen when it ended. Her Jewish neighbors were taken away in trucks. German soldiers came to her house to take food and made her march at gunpoint to get beer. One German soldier came to use her piano. She took care of the garden; it was too dangerous for adults to garden. She also slipped into the German lines twice a week to get milk. At the end of her biography she writes, "Though I was only 13 years old when peace came I had functioned on an adult level for so long, that I could not step back and be a child."

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hansma, Dini. -- Winkler, Albert
  • Call Number: MSS 5893
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Restricted; To be used for research purposes only. May be duplicated for scholarly use. Copyright held by the donor. Upon her death the copyright will revert to special collections.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Dini Hansma oral history must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 5893; Albert Winkler oral history interview with Dini Hansma; 20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5893, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These items were donated to Special Collections in 2007.
Related Material
These items are part of the 20th Century and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.
Subject Terms
World War, 1939-1945--Netherlands; World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Netherlands
Genre / Form
Oral histories
Appraisal Information
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Hansma (Dini) oral history
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lucy Brimhall
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-20T04:08-0600
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Biographical History

Dina Hansma was born in the Netherlands. She was there as a child during World War II. After the war, she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was living in Utah at the time of this interview.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts