Phillip Hofer Interview, December 28, 2021


Phillip Hofer


Jason Stahl



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In this interview Phillip Hofer, a member of the North Harlem Hutterite Colony from Harlem, Montana, discusses the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and the impacts on his community. Hofer recalls his initial understanding of the virus, his health and experiences with illness, including spending over 30 days in ICU. He discusses physical therapy and relearning to walk, the nurses who prayed for and with him, and taking vitamins and Ivermectin to aid his recovery. He shares how the closure of the border between the United States and Canada kept families apart, and the impact of missing funerals and holidays spent away from loved ones. He discusses how the pandemic brought his family together and made his community stronger. Hofer is interviewed by Jason Stahl, who was born and raised in a Hutterite colony north of Gildford, Montana.


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Oral History

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Time Period

Twenty-first century

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Original Collection

Jason Stahl Interviews with Hutterites about COVID-19, OH 482, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

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Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 482-003

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Sound; Text

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:57:31 mniutes

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OH_482_003.mp3; OH_482_003.pdf

Phillip Hofer Interview, December 28, 2021