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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 specialize in 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 historical past and the literature of the Holocaust. Does literature upload to what we all know or does it truly distort ancient facts? in keeping with the paintings of major historians of the interval, the e-book examines literary works from Gerard Durlacher, Anne Frank, W.F. Hermans, Harry Mulisch, Gerard Reve and lots of others."With its well-chosen quotations (many showing for the 1st time in print), offered in a transparent and illuminating old atmosphere, Anne Frank and After is needs to analyzing for all who are looking to transcend Anne Frank for a extra rounded photo of wartime Holland and its Jews."(Holocaust and Genocide Studies—January 1998)

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E. Visser, was one of the first to see through the German intentions. This Jewish Council could, according to him, be nothing else but a willing tool in the hands of the Nazis. The two chairmen of the Jewish Council, diamond-trader Abraham Asscher and Professor of Ancient History David Cohen, sincerely believed, however, that they would best serve the interests of the Jewish community From AnJan Declaration to Yellow Star 4' Jewish children at the edge of their neighbourhood: "the grass is always greener ...

Z The Council was composed of prominent people from the Jewish community. It started with a board of twenty members, but its staff quickly expanded. At the height of its activities, more than 17,000 employees were working for the Council. It was assigned the task of maintaining order and passing on German commands to the entire Jewish population of Amsterdam. By engaging the Jews in their own persecution and by playing them off against each other, the German authorities managed to have everything running smoothly and efficiently.

In 1934, for instance, the German government exerted pressure on the Dutch government to put the communist Jewish author and refugee Heinz Liepmann on trial, because in his novel Das Vatcrland (The Fatherland) he had criticised Hitler. He was sentenced to one month in prison, in Holland. German pressure proved effective in a number of other cases as well. Even before the occupation of Holland, Dutch and German police found it easy to work together. • The noose around the neck of the Jews in Germany was being tightened all the time.

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