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Last Train from Westerbork - Unknown Children by Daphne L. Meijer

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46 Years after the liberation the hitherto unknown story about unknown Dutch child survivors of the Holocaust is dragged to the surface by persistant journalist.

 

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Poem by Roos Reinartz wins contest "Dichter bij 4 mei" Memorial Poetry

Poem by Roos Reinartz wins contest "Dichter bij 4 mei" Memorial Poetry | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Nieuwsbericht - Roos Reinartz wint finale van Dichter bij 4 mei
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Second hand feelings - transference of experience on younger generations

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The French During the Holocaust and the Complications of History

The French During the Holocaust and the Complications of History | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
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Just fill in "the Dutch" and imagine a similar discussion taking place at the table of cousins, or friends in the Netherlands.

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Mawyl's comment, September 4, 2013 11:31 PM
Seems that the Lady has not done her research.. sometimes writin a fiction with historical background needs more work then imagination
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To Hell and Back: Returning to Auschwitz and Moving On after the Holocaust

To Hell and Back: Returning to Auschwitz and Moving On after the Holocaust | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
We educate, inspire, and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship in their own communities and around the world.
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Moving on, moving on ... what else could one do?

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Frieda Menco about piecing life together after Auschwitz

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We met more than 30 years ago. She, to her own surprise at 50+ a journalist, interviewed me, the 25-year-old stage designer and P.R. person about Taller, an artist collective. Next, she invited me to help her prepare for the Seder at her home. In between mixing matze brei, shoving matze balls in steaming hot broth, and picking up the "pekelvlees" (pastrami) at the butcher's, she shared tid bids —is that the wrong expression for something as horrific as Auschwitz— of her life story.

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Mawyl's comment, February 16, 2013 6:13 AM
link is not working :-( cookies issues
Judith van Praag's comment, February 16, 2013 3:24 PM
Thanks Manuela, Dutch Law now requires visitors to be asked if they are okay with the cookies. If you click on "ja" the link will open. But since the text is in Dutch, that can be difficult to figure out. http://www.geschiedenis24.nl/nieuws/2010/januari/Auschwitzoverlevende-Frieda-Menco-vertelt.html
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Goldsmiths + New Statesman launch £10,000 literature prize for Bold and Original Fiction- Telegraph

Goldsmiths + New Statesman launch £10,000 literature prize for Bold and Original Fiction- Telegraph | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
The new prize will encourage 'risk-taking' among writers.
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Blake Morrison, poet, author and Professor of Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths, said: “As to the new Prize, we hope it will encourage more risk-taking among novelists, editors and agents alike. There’s an idea that innovative and genre-busting books are bound to be inaccessible. We don’t believe that’s the case.”

 

Over the years U.K. publishers seem to have been more open to innovation than American brethren. If Goldsmiths states to be open to chancy work, that may be a cut above.

 

Anyone having a bold and original novel coming out in 2013? Competition entries may be made by publisher or bona fide imprint.

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WWII Memorial for 715 Jewish Holocaust Victims from Haarlem, Netherlands

WWII Memorial for 715 Jewish Holocaust Victims from Haarlem, Netherlands | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it

67 Years after the end of WWII Haarlem finally has its own Holocaust Memorial Site.

 

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Ed van Thijn: 'Boek Van der Boom misleidend' - Historisch Nieuwsblad

Op 3 mei gaf Bart van der Boom in het Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam tekst en uitleg over zijn boek 'Wij weten niets van hun lot', waarin hij stelt dat de ‘gewone’ Nederlander tijdens de oorlog geen concrete kennis had van de Holocaust.
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Court Decision Pending Beyond the Grave? Klaas Faber - Dutch Nazi Criminal Dead

Court Decision Pending Beyond the Grave? Klaas Faber - Dutch Nazi Criminal Dead | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it

 

 

Klaas Carl Faber - Germany
Volunteered for Dutch SS and served in SD as member of the Sonderkommando
Feldmeijer execution squad which executed members of Dutch resistance, opponents of the Nazis and those hiding Jews; also alleged to have served in a firing squad at the Westerbork transit camp from which Dutch Jews were deported to death camps.
Status: Sentenced to death in 1947 by a Dutch court for the murder of at least 11 people, his sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment, but he escaped from jail in 1952 to Germany, where he had been granted Germany citizenship which protected him from extradition back to the Netherlands.
All efforts to have him prosecuted in Germany, have hereto been unsuccessful, although the German authorities have indicated a willingness to reexamine the case.
On November 25, 2010, the Dutch government issued a European arrest warrant for the immediate arrest of Faber, and the German prosecutor in Ingolstadt, where he resides, supports his incarceration. A final decision in the case is expected within the next few weeks.

 

 

 


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102 Thousand Memorial Brickstones

102 Thousand Memorial Brickstones | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it

At this memorial site, each red brickstone, placed on its end within the outline of a  map of the Netherlands, stands for one person murdered. 102 Thousand out of 106 thousand torn away from their homes did not return from the death camps.

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The Dutch "haben es nicht gewusst" - Historisch Nieuwsblad

The Dutch "haben es nicht gewusst" - Historisch Nieuwsblad | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Wat wisten de Nederlanders tijdens de Duitse bezetting van de Holocaust? Hebben zij bewust de andere kant op gekeken terwijl 102.000 Joodse medeburgers werden weggevoerd om te worden vermoord?

 

Translation:

What did the Dutch know during the German occupation about the Holocaust? Were they aware 102 thousand Jewish citizens, men, women and children were hauled off to be murdered?

 

JvP: In effect 106 thousand people were transported to concentration and death camps "in the east", only a few thousand would return.

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Mawyl's comment, April 27, 2012 12:25 AM
if you write 102 k its like counting sticks.. bad choice
Judith van Praag's comment, April 27, 2012 1:23 AM
@Manuela, point taken. My apologies.
In translation I have a problem choosing the right punctuation, commas or periods. Easy to confuse readers. In the U.S. we read K as thousand, not Kg. Not an excuse, but explanation. Correction made.
Also, the number of people who were torn away from their homes was 106 thousand of whom only a few thousand returned.
The memorial site at former transit camp Westerbork shows 102 thousand bricks,placed within the silhouette of a map of the Netherlands, each brick representing an adult or child.
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Shoah Movie

Shoah Movie | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
The past is never past, in bringing the Holocaust to life in his towering nine and a half hour masterpiece, director Claude Lanzmann would stick solely to the present. Shoah is an astonishing film on a number of levels, starting with its own existence, a documentary on a subject so horrendous and horrific... Watch "Shoah" Documentary Film Online
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The Long Shadow of Concentration Camp Sobibor

On March 8, 2010 Jacob Cohen, born on December 31, 1912 talks about his memories, delayed grief, and forgiveness between friends.

His parents were killed in Sobibor. On his father's side all brothers and sisters, with spouses and offspring were murdered. On mother's side, of seven or eight children, only three survived ...

DUTCH LANGUAGE ONLY

 

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Baby Anneke and Anne Frank

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Making up history, when history is stranger than fiction, and forbidden knowledge to boot. Fear to claim her story, because that would be selfish.

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Lenny Kuhr - Kaddish for Machieltje Prins

Lenny Kuhr - Kaddish for Machieltje Prins | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it

In memory of a baby boy Machieltje Prins who was killed in Auschwitsch at barely four months of age. Kaddish is really for the survivors, as solace, in memory of the lost one.

 

Hearing Lenny Kuhr sing makes me think of Kaddish for an Unborn Child the novel by Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész even if that's about a man who can't make himself to have a child in the Post-Holocaust world.

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'Greetings from Leo' presented in WWII Transit Camp Westerbork

'Greetings from Leo' presented in WWII Transit Camp Westerbork | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Op vrijdag 22 maart werd in Kamp Westerbork het nieuwste boek van Martine Letterie gepresenteerd: Groeten van Leo.
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Leo and his family remained in Transit Camp Westerbork for two years, an unusually long period, probably because Leo's father was a pharmacist. Still, ultimately this didn't save them from being put on transport to extermination camps in the east.

 

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EVEN NOW & CEMENT - Life stories of two Auschwitz survivors

EVEN NOW & CEMENT - Life stories of two Auschwitz survivors | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
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Different from the accounts recorded as part of Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, "Nog Altijd" (Even Now, Still, or After All These Years) is an "as told to" written report of Ronnie Goldstein van Cleef's experiences during WWII, as a Resistance worker, and later in Nazi concentration camps. The author, Saar Roelofs has done an excellent job. While it's clear Ronnie's reporting is triggered by questions, the author never gets in the way.


The most intriguing notion to me however, is that one of the I.D.'s Ronnie used as courier belonged to my mother.

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New website gathers WWII memories

New website gathers WWII memories | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it

A Falklands War veteran is behind a new website where people who lived through World War II can upload their personal accounts of the conflict.

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Great advice from Tony Banks: Take your iPhone or any other recording device and record the stories of surviving WWII Veterans.

 

Anyone still around who liberated the Netherlands?

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Home

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Missed this in 2011, but it's never too late to learn more about the Holocaust, to learn another personal report. For some the memories of their own experience may make it too difficult to read yet another book, watch yet another movie, for other's telling and retelling the story may be the only way to  deal with the unbelievable.

 

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Dutch Survivors of Sobibor Share Experiences - Sobibor Interviews

Dutch Survivors of Sobibor Share Experiences - Sobibor Interviews | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
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Post WWII Survivors + Following Generations Victims

The discussion about a poem (see my translation in another scoop.it) written by a Dutch boy whose great uncle joined the SS continues.

Out of respect for surviving generations, the public reading of the poem during the yearly memorial of WWII victims has been cancelled by the 4+5 May Committee.

Taking the role of the devil's advocat the author of this blog post compares the situation on the Eastern Front (in Russia - German soldiers fighting the Russians) to what was going on in Indonesia around the same time.
His father also fled poverty of the Great Depression in the Netherlands, he argues, and wound up in a Prisoners Of War camp in Pakanbaroe (Riau, Indonesia). Did he make the right choice, the blogger wonders.


The problem is that the two choices can't be compared. The writer's father did not join the ennemy's army, as the young poet's great uncle did.


He suggests that exclusion of surviving generations of collaborators at the memorial teaches the wrong lesson: that  monopolization of feelings (sentiments in regards to all the surviving generations) leads to successful exclusion. Which is exactly which "we don't want to see happening 'ever again'," he argues.

 

In other words, empathy much be shown to the relatives of collaborators and traitors.


I'm all for that (as long as they don't undersign the ennemy's doctrine themselves), children of collaborators and traitors are/can be victims as well.

 

Still, that doesn't mean the true survivors of the Holocaust and WWII should have to share the spotlight during the National Memorial for WWII Victims with truth and attention seeking offspring of Nazi sympathizers.

They can be in the spotlight, on another stage, at another time. As it happens to be right now, that's exactly what is happening.

 

 

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Reading Poem Nephew WWII Traitor Cancelled

Reading Poem Nephew WWII Traitor Cancelled | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Het omstreden gedicht van Auke de Leeuw (15) is toch niet te horen tijdens de dodenherdenking op de Dam...

 

Auschwitz Committee and Centre Information and Documentation Israël stood up against the reading of a controversial poem on May 4th.

 

I agree that remembering traitors and Nazi collaborators at WWII Memorial sites is a bad idea.

 

Meanwhile the National Committee 4 + 5 May, responsible for commemoration on the 4th and celebration on the 5th has cancelled the reading.

 

Translation of the poem:

 

Wrong Choice

 

My name is Auke Sieb Dirk

I was named after my great-uncle Dirk Siebe

A boy who made the wrong choice

 

He signed up with the wrong army

With wrong ideals

He fled from poverty

And hoped for a better life

 

No way back

Once a choice has been made

Following a direction

He can't escape

 

Fighting against the Russians

Fear to die himself

Thinking of home

Where Dirk's future had not started

His mother torn by war

Mama of eleven children, four in the Resistance

And one fighting at the East Front

She loved all eleven

 

Dirk Siebe never came home

 

My name is Auke Siebe Dirk

I was named after Dirk Siebe

Because even Dirk Siebe should not be forgotten

 

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Post WWII Politician Steps Down - SS Membership Exposed

Post WWII Politician Steps Down - SS Membership Exposed | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Op 6 november 1978 onthulde historicus Loe de Jong dat de CDA-fractievoorzitter Willem Aantjes tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog lid was geweest van de SS. Een dag later trad Aantjes af.

 

 

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BOOKSTORE - The Anne Frank Center USA

BOOKSTORE - The Anne Frank Center USA | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
The Anne Frank Center USA is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the universal message of tolerance by developing and disseminating a variety of educational programs, including exhibitions, workshops, and special events.

 

 

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