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 japanese Europe. eighty% by no means back. In Anne Frank and After the authors concentrate on major questions: how precisely did this take place, and the way has Dutch literature come to phrases with this appalling occasion? within the book's ultimate bankruptcy they examine the connection among background and the literature of the Holocaust. Does literature upload to what we all know or does it truly distort historic facts? in keeping with the paintings of major historians of the interval, the publication 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), awarded in a transparent and illuminating old atmosphere, Anne Frank and After is needs to examining 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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The bombardment of Rotterdam, which killed nearly 1000 people, and the German warning that more cities would follow, was sufficient reason for the Dutch Government to capitulate. Queen Wilhelmina and her government went into exile in London to continue the struggle from there and to protect their colonial interests in the Dutch East and West Indies. Their departure created a moral vacuum which was to cause a great deal of confusion among Dutch civil servants. P. Hermans' scathing attack on Dutch officialdom, Heril1l1eril1gen vall een cnselbewaarder (Memories of a Guardian Angel).

No matter how openly persecution and expulsion had occurred until now, the last act was to take place in the greatest secrecy: Hitler, Himmler and Heydrich, like their organisers and executioners, knew only too well they would never find approval from large parts of the population for this policy. Deception, like the use of these euphemisms, was therefore applied systematically by the Nazis, especially when it concerned the Jews of Western Europe. There they wished to avoid at all costs heart-rending scenes such as had taken place in the ghettos and country villages of Eastern Europe, where often parents had had to be separated forcefully from their children.

W. 5' III Deportation or into Hiding This is not time for poetry. (Moshe Flinker, January 19, 1943) Today many of those who once tilughed, do not laugh anymore. (Speech by Hitler, November 8,1942) On 20 January 1942 in a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, 15 high dignitaries of the Third Reich gathered under the chairmanship of Reinhard Heydrich. They met for about one and a half hours. Their aim was to discuss the organisation of the biggest genocide of this century: the murder of the Jews of Europe.

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