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Albert Winkler oral history interview with Dini Hansma

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 5893

Scope and Contents

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."


  • 2002


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections in 2007.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Related Materials

These items are part of the 20th Century and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.

Register of Dini Hansma oral history
Lucy Brimhall
2013 February 26
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States