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Introducing the Netherlands: Beyond Anne Frank *

All over the world, people know Anne Frank. Her diary and the dramatic turn her life took have made her an icon of the Holocaust. The pre-war situation of the Jews and the developments that led to the tragedy of the Holocaust in the Netherlands will be discussed by professor Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld. (language: English)



Program information
Date Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time 13:00- 14:00 (12:45 welcome with coffee and tea)
Location Tz 4, Tias Building, Tilburg University
Admission Free (no registration required)
Speaker Professor Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld
Language English
Organization I*ESN in cooperation with Academic Forum
Contact Annelieke Koster
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate
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The Holocaust in the Netherlands and its legacy

All over the world, people know Anne Frank. Her diary and the dramatic turn her life took have made her an icon of the Holocaust. Yet, her story is unrepresentative of the tragedy of the Holocaust as it unfolded in the Netherlands between 1941 and 1945. About 75 percent of the 140,000 Dutch Jews who were registered in 1941 did not survive the Second World War. No other country in Western Europe suffered a higher death toll among Jews than the Netherlands. This fact remains as a permanent scar and a collective trauma until this day. Historians have tried to explain why so many Dutch Jews were arrested, deported, and killed by the Nazis. In my lecture, I will sketch the pre-war situation of the Jews in the Netherlands and the developments that led to the tragedy of the Holocaust in the Netherlands.

Professor Bijsterveld

Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld (1962) was trained as a medieval historian. Since 1999, he has held the funded chair for the Regional History and Ethnology of Brabant at Tilburg University. He teaches on nationalism and regionalism in Europe, regional history, medieval history, and historical methodology.

He published on the medieval history of the Low Countries and on the interplay between history, cultural heritage, and (regional) identity. His main fields of interest are the regional dimensions of Europe’s cultural history; Public and Applied History, with a focus on the memory culture of the Holocaust; and the political, social, and ecclesiastical history of the Central Middle Ages. In 2016 he published House of Memories: Uncovering the Past of a Dutch Jewish Family (Hilversum: Verloren, 2016).

Introducing the Netherlands

This lecture is part of a series which will tell you everything about The Netherlands! The event is open to all students, faculty members and others.

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When: 26 February 2019 13:00

End date: 26 February 2019 14:00