Reappraising the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, 2nd Edition

BookReappraising the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, 2nd Edition

Reappraising the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, 2nd Edition

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization


September 15th, 2021

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'Comprehensive... a useful introduction to the main social, political, economic, and communal issues shaping Dutch Jewish history.'
J. Haus, Choice
'The balanced judgements, the seamless transition between individual essays, and the exemplary translation make it a joy to read this book.'
Wim Klooster, H-Judaic
'A sweeping, comprehensive survey of Dutch Jewish history... warmly to be welcomed... the most authoritative survey of this field, filling a sorely felt gap in the pre-existing historiography... The interpretations offered here... are uniformly sound, and are supported by an admirably comprehensive conceptualization of this historical narrative within the wider framework of Dutch and European history. While rich in detail, all chapters of the book retain a lively readability. Of particular value are the detailed and judicious bibliographic essays that are provided for each essay... excellently illustrated... all scholars of Dutch Jewish history will find this volume an indispensable addition to their library.'
Adam Sutcliffe, Journal of Jewish Studies
'A very good compendium that will prove to be of lasting value to scholars and interested laymen. In a fine translation, this volume spans the entire history of Jews in the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to today. Its contributors have produced a work of considerable depth, detail, and scope: important trends and events affecting European Jewry elsewhere are incorporated in broad strokes but also in terms of specific consequences in the Netherlands... Such comparative strands add considerably to the book's value... ambitious and thorough... an always informative and often impressive tour de force.'
G. Jan Colijn, Shofar

'The History of the Jews in the Netherlands is a definitive, indispensable work for the study of both European Jewish and Dutch history.'
Israel Book Review

'Presents a clear picture of the longer-term developments without any sacrifice of living history. Much space is devoted to social and religious life, to culture and to the economy ... Particularly impressive ... does honour to its status as a general survey.'
Frank van Vree, De Volkskrant
'Thanks to its wealth of anecdotes and readable style, this general survey should appeal to a wide public interested in the history of the Jews in the Netherlands.'
Julika Vermolen, Het Parool

The two decades since the last authoritative general history of Dutch Jews was published have seen such substantial developments in historical understanding that new assessment has become an imperative. This volume offers an indispensable survey from a contemporary viewpoint that reflects the new preoccupations of European historiography and allows the history of Dutch Jewry to be more integrated with that of other European Jewish histories. Historians from both older and newer generations shed significant light on all eras, providing fresh detail that reflects changed emphases and perspectives. In addition to such traditional subjects as the Jewish community’s relationship with the wider society and its internal structure, its leaders, and its international affiliations, new topics explored include the socio-economic aspects of Dutch Jewish life seen in the context of the integration of minorities more widely; a reassessment of the Holocaust years and consideration of the place of Holocaust memorialization in community life; and the impact of multiculturalist currents on Jews and Jewish politics. Memory studies, diaspora studies, postcolonial studies, and digital humanities all play their part in providing the fullest possible picture. This wide-ranging scholarship is complemented by a generous plate section with eighty fully captioned colour illustrations.

Author Information

Hans Blom is Emeritus Professor of Dutch History at the University of Amsterdam, and the former director of the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. David J. Wertheim is the director of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute for Jewish Social and Cultural Studies, Amsterdam. Hetty Berg is the director of the Jewish Museum Berlin. Bart T. Wallet is Professor of Jewish History at the University of Amsterdam.