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

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By Dick van Last Galen, Rolf Wolfswinkel

Among 1940 and 1945, 110,000 of the 140,000 Dutch Jews have been deported to the dying 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 learn the connection among background and the literature of the Holocaust. Does literature upload to what we all know or does it truly distort old proof? in response to the paintings of prime 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), offered in a transparent and illuminating historic surroundings, 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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Most Jews were out of work by the autumn of 1941. Ies Dikker, for instance, had had to close down his haberdashery by order of the German authoriti('s. He described his experiences in a long letter to his sister-in-law, who had emigrated to South America: You will wonder what we lived on. The shop closed, no source of income. We were not allowed to have money; gold, silver, diamonds, and so on had to be handed in. What did we have left to exist on? You should also know there was a special bank that confiscated Jewish properties: Lippman, Rosenthal & Co.

It is said about this underground press that no matter how hard the Germans tried to stop these publications, they kept on appearing: The Germans had demanded aIllettertypes from all printing firms in Holland. These they had been given, but the underground press continued to publish excellent papers. " But the torch was always carried further. New editors were found. Always new men were prepared to see to it that the Anne Frank and After clandestine papers came out. And they became better all the time in lay-out, spelling and printing.

Hitler, speech of January }O, 1939) After a blitzkrieg of just five days, which began in the early hours of 10 May 1940, German troops occupied Holland. The country had long maintained a policy of strict neutrality and was neither mentally nor materially prepared for war. 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.

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