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Pieter and Joyce Miedema, The Netherlands/Canada (from the series Rescuers)

Pieter and Joyce Miedema, The Netherlands/Canada (from the series Rescuers)

Artist: Gay Block (American, born 1942)
Date: 1988 (printed 2001)
Medium: chromogenic print
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds from Ed Osowski, 2011
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Object number: 2011.8
Description
Crippled by a stroke, Pieter Miedema is no longer able to tell the story of his life as a young minister in the Netherlands during World War II. His wife Joyce, who also appears in the picture, explains that when he found out about Nazi persecution of the Jews, he urged his congregation to offer shelter to refugees. The Miedemas took in several children during the war and found homes for a group of children being evacuated from a sanatorium. Pieter built an underground bunker in the woods for one family and delivered food and books. "Pieter said he never wanted recognition," Joyce explained. "It's what everyone should have done, he thought, so there was nothing special about it."
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