After the Dutch Paradox: Jews and Non-Jews in the Netherlands (1940–1945)


Friday, December 4, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Zoom (RSVP Required)

The Dissertation Workshop is a graduate educational seminar open only to graduate students and their advisors. CES invites graduates students who are interested in attending this workshop or in presenting their research, to contact CES Dissertation Workshop coordinators Clare Bradford Anderson and Armando MianoAll workshops will be held virtually during the 2020-2021 academic year. Zoom links for the workshop will be distributed a day in advance to registered participants.


Speaker: Jan Burzlaff, William A. Ackman Fellow for Holocaust Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

The Netherlands has been mostly absent from ongoing efforts to write the social history of Nazi-occupied Europe – and yet, the lands lodged between the North Sea and France offer a powerful case in point to grapple with the persecution of ethnic minorities, and institutional racism creeping into daily life.

Giving voice to 500 Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands, Jan Burzlaff's presentation unveils a new image of Dutch society during World War II that experienced many behaviors between “resistance/collaboration” and political “polarization/unity."