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History - Adagio for the dead

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Yo Yo Ma plays the cellist of Sarajevo.
The text on the site is Dutch, but images speak a million words. And the sound. Click on the YouTube link.
Yo Yo Ma's cello's sound makes me think of a tiny thumbnail picture, all that remains of a painting my father made titled The Warsaw Concerto, with the pianist playing amidst ruins and fire. Yo Yo Ma transports us to the landscape of war and destruction where survivors are the victims.

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Family Jewels - by Vox Tablet > Tablet Magazine - A New Read on Jewish Life

Family Jewels - by Vox Tablet > Tablet Magazine - A New Read on Jewish Life | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
ANOTHER FAMILY'S DIAMOND STORY Another continent but pretty much the same rules. The only big, big difference is that the author of the book didn't get to wear her father's merchandize while growing up, while I was my father's mannequin ... | Listen to the Interview with the author on Tablet Magazine's VOXTABLET | For generations, Alicia Oltuski’s family has traded diamonds. In Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life, she examines her family’s history—and the diamond district’s.
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THE FORTRESS building of the Diamond Union | Jewish Historical Museum

THE FORTRESS building of the Diamond Union | Jewish Historical Museum | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
BORN INTO A DIAMOND WORKERS FAMILY Jake was a nearly lifelong member of the ANDB Even when he became a professional painter, he now and then referred to his old skills and craft. |
The first successful general strike held by Amsterdam diamond workers in 1894 led to the founding of a trade union, known as the ANDB. (General...
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SET DESIGN NETHERLANDS OPERA 1947 BY WIJNBERG | Theatermuseum_OUD / Images / Media - Theater Instituut

SET DESIGN NETHERLANDS OPERA 1947 BY WIJNBERG | Theatermuseum_OUD / Images / Media - Theater Instituut | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
STAGE DESIGN - Nita was interested in the Opera Hoffmann's Erzahlungen, but Jake couldn't listen to the language of Germs.
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Meet at Hajenius

Meet at Hajenius | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
HAVE A CIGAR but only if the sales at Mak van Waay grant such a luxury, Jake decided.
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Country Estate | Landgoed Boekesteyn, 's-Graveland

Country Estate | Landgoed Boekesteyn, 's-Graveland | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
BOEKESTEYN ESTATE The house where Jeannette spent the summers. The rest of the year she stayed with her employers at Herengracht 502, in Amsterdam.
Picture curtsy of the Photo-sharing community.
"Discover the world through photos."
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Van Meegeren's Fake Vermeer's

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VALUE OF A COUNTERFEIT An illustrated study of the fake Vermeer paintings by Hans van Meegeren. | Jake's discovery, he got his hands on a Van Meegeren that came back to the Netherlands via the United States, made the news. He couldn't get over the fact that anyone would have ever considered the counterfeit's work the real thing.
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BICYCLE TOURS NEAR AMSTERDAM Monuments Older-Amstel developed by AmstelOnline

BICYCLE TOURS NEAR AMSTERDAM Monuments Older-Amstel developed by AmstelOnline | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
Jake and Nita ride their bicycles along the Amsel River and by monuments such as the Sephardic cemetery, farmhouses, churches etc. Monuments Older-Amstel was developed by AmstelOnline
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GENEOLOGY

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DUTCH JEWRY
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Interview Feitse

Interview Feitse | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
Interviews with Dutch citizens about WWII memories, Jews in hiding, war planes flying over the land etc.
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JBooks.com - Interviews and Profiles: A Year-End Chat with Harold Bloom

JBooks.com - Interviews and Profiles: A Year-End Chat with Harold Bloom | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
Harold Bloom on his book about Jesus and Y....h - so familiar
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Horse & Rider Gear - Horse Encylopedia - Horse Terms & Definitions

Horse & Rider Gear - Horse Encylopedia - Horse Terms & Definitions | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
A DOG's LEAD IS NOT A REIN Horse & Rider Gear - Horse Riding. Horse rider & horse riding equipment. Guide to rider and horse. Find Horse terms. Buy riding equipment & horse riding gear.
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Allardsoog - Friesland

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ALLARDSOOG - THE EYE OF ALLARD is a hamlet known for its "Volkshogeschool" or educational center for adult learning. A "hollow" path through moor, fields and forests connected Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe in Medieval times.
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An exhibit on Rembrandt, Jesus, and Jews - Tablet Magazine

An exhibit on Rembrandt, Jesus, and Jews - Tablet Magazine | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
An exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art searches for the Jewish roots of Rembrandt’s Jesus and revisits the Dutch master’s misunderstood relationship with Judaism...
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Boekesteyn | Natuurmonumenten

Boekesteyn | Natuurmonumenten | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
BOEKESTEYN IS WHERE Jeannette, the mother of one of my main characters spent her summers over a 100 years ago. Yes, I'm writing historical fiction, about the post WWII era in the Netherlands | 1948-1955 | 1955-1969 and beyond. When does historical fiction start, how far back do we go?
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Deltawerken - The flood of 1953

Deltawerken - The flood of 1953 | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
JAKE PAINTS FOR LIFE In 1953, the Dutch were again confronted with the power of the sea, Artists among whom Jake donate paintings to benefit survivors of the flood.
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Twelve Concrete Ways To Live A 'Compassionate Life' : NPR

In between Confucius and Oprah there was Jeannette, a French governess who in 1910, at the ripe age of 36 bore her husband Hendrik a boy, the first of six children, another boy, a girl, a boy and two more girls. She taught her offspring compassion and kindness by example and still they made their own decisions in life...
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Monuments & Archeology | Bureau Monumenten & Archeologie - Herengracht 502

Monuments & Archeology | Bureau Monumenten & Archeologie - Herengracht 502 | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
BACKYARD OF HERENGRACHT 502 borders the backyard of what was the carriage house at Keizersgracht 607.
How often did Jeannette frequent the stables where 80 years later her granddaughter would host Sunday brunches for friends of the artists collective Taller Amsterdam? How often did the younger woman trace her grandmother's footsteps in the sculpture garden adjacent to Museum Fodor?
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Movie Theater Tuschinski | Jewish Historic Museum

Movie Theater Tuschinski | Jewish Historic Museum | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
GOING TO THE MOVIES Between 1918 en 1921 Abram Icek Tuschinski.built his legendary film house. The carpet alone is worth a visit.
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The House of Heydenryk | History

The House of Heydenryk | History | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
HEYDENRYK FRAMES | As an art dealer Jake knew, at times the frame was more valuable than the art.
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Dutch White Saaner Goat | Living Lot | Hollandse Saaner Geit | Levende Have

Dutch White Saaner Goat | Living Lot | Hollandse Saaner Geit | Levende Have | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
GOATS WEED, GIVE MILK and KIDS #1 on the hobby farm list | JAKE's wishlist included the typically white milk goat.
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RABBIT RUN

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GIANT FLEMISH RABBITS - Vlaamse Reuzen | You start with two, you end up with a colony.
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DUTCH THEATRE Hollandsche Schouwburg - Charged, Controversial, Conserved

DUTCH THEATRE Hollandsche Schouwburg - Charged, Controversial, Conserved | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
THEATER AS WAR MONUMENT During WWII Jews were rounded up and made to wait at the theater to be deported to first transit camp Westerbork, then the concentration camps in Eastern Europe. The former Hollandse Schouwburg = Dutch Theatre is a memorial site as well as information and education center.
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MESSAGES OF WAR

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Dynamite destroyed the synagogue in Zandvoort, the hateful messenger local. | JAKE woke up startled, images of WWI ripped through his dream fogged mind. "What's the matter?" Francine mumbled, "Go back to sleep."
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Bakkeveen Online - Info for Locals and Tourists Alike

Bakkeveen Online - Info for Locals and Tourists Alike | Background Story is History | Scoop.it
In 1963 a move from Amsterdam to Bakkeveen might as well have been to the other side of the world. Bakkeveen of today is Online with info about R&R for locals and tourists alike.
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