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 dying camps in jap Europe. eighty% by no means again. 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 heritage and the literature of the Holocaust. Does literature upload to what we all know or does it truly distort historic proof? in line with the paintings of top historians of the interval, the e-book 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), provided in a transparent and illuminating ancient environment, Anne Frank and After is needs to analyzing 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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We became exhausted. Grandfather and grandmother accepted the verdict and went home. " (De long, 1993:88, own translation) In the first few months of the occupation, the new regime hid its true face. Most Dutchmen breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that it could have been so much worse. For the greater part,life went on as usual, although English and American films were soon forbidden. The Germans had installed a Zivilverwa/tung (civil administration) to exercise supervision over the Dutch civil service, which was allowed to remain in place on condition that it served German interests.

Another one agreed, and another one, and one more. The others remained silent, one bowed his head. Nobody could really help them - and so they went to their death. (Presser I, 1965:255, own translation) Obviously, everyone tried their best to avoid the transports leaving for the labour camps in the East with monotonous regularity after that first transport of July 1942. Although very few expected to be killed there, it was still considered better to stay in Holland, together with relatives and friends.

Esther van Vriesland, a 15-year-old girl from Gorcum, wrote in her diary on 14 June 1942: We were still in bed yesterday, when mother came with the newspaper. There were all sorts of new regulations: no more canoeing, rowing, swimming and fishing. In one word: awful. How to spend the holiday now? Bicycles have to be handed in. This I don't mind too much. I don't feel like a holiday at all any more. I looked forvvard to the holidays so much! Horrid, that's what it is. (Van Vriesland, 1990:12J, own translation) Anne Frank and After On 30 June she writes: I am so terribly miserable.

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