Anne Frank and After: Dutch Holocaust Literature in a by Dick van Last Galen, Rolf Wolfswinkel

By Dick van Last Galen, Rolf Wolfswinkel

Among 1940 and 1945, 110,000 of the 140,000 Dutch Jews have been deported to the demise camps in jap Europe. eighty% by no means lower back. In Anne Frank and After the authors concentrate on major questions: how precisely did this occur, and the way has Dutch literature come to phrases with this appalling occasion? within the book's ultimate bankruptcy they learn the connection among historical past and the literature of the Holocaust. Does literature upload to what we all know or does it truly distort old facts? in keeping with the paintings of major historians of the interval, the booklet examines literary works from Gerard Durlacher, Anne Frank, W.F. Hermans, Harry Mulisch, Gerard Reve and plenty of others."With its well-chosen quotations (many showing for the 1st time in print), provided in a transparent and illuminating historic environment, Anne Frank and After is needs to studying for all who are looking to transcend Anne Frank for a extra rounded photograph of wartime Holland and its Jews."(Holocaust and Genocide Studies—January 1998)

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But that was not what they had in mind. "No," my mother said, "you have to go to a different school now. The Germans don't want Jewish children to go to the same schools as other children any more. " But I did not want that at alL I wanted to stay with my friends. " I said to my mother. " I had no choice. I had to go to the Jewi~h school. It was un the other side of our town. No, I did not like it, especially since we often had fights with other children, NSB-children, who provoked us. They called us 'dirty Jews'.

Miep Gies remembers one of tile first times - in 1937 - tlwl slle met Anne: Sill' was now eight years old, still somnvlmt tllin alld delicate, but witll electric grey-gmm eyes, lvith green flecks. Her eyes were wry deeply set, so I1mt whell /lley were ltalf-c1osed tlley looked as if they were shrouded ill dark shade. ( .. ) Margot was ten years old, wry pretty, also wilh shilly dark lIair. Bolh girls had Illeir hair cut just btlow their eaTS, parted all the side, held mck by a barrette. Margot's eyes were dark.

I began to play truant a lot. (Wcsterbork cahiers 3, 1994:23, own translation) Some Jewish teachers who had been dismissed in November 1941 now found employment at the newly created Jewish schools. Historian Jacques Presser tried to keep up the spirits of the children: Children, we are all ill the sante boat. They tell us we are illferior, but wc will show thclIl we are not. (Bregstein, 1972:88, own translation) Jewish religious life - traditionally with an important social dimensionbecame increaSingly difficult.

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