Anne Frank and After

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Amsterdam University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 184 pages
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Between 1940 and 1945, 110,000 of the 140,000 Dutch Jews were deported to the death camps in Eastern Europe. 80% never returned. In Anne Frank and After the authors focus on two main questions: how exactly did this happen, and how has Dutch literature come to terms with this appalling event? In the book's final chapter they analyze the relationship between history and the literature of the Holocaust. Does literature add to what we know or does it actually distort historical evidence? Based on the work of leading historians of the period, the book examines literary works from Gerard Durlacher, Anne Frank, W.F. Hermans, Harry Mulisch, Gerard Reve and many others.
"With its well-chosen quotations (many appearing for the first time in print), presented in a clear and illuminating historical setting, Anne Frank and After is must reading for all who want to go beyond Anne Frank for a more rounded picture of wartime Holland and its Jews."

(Holocaust and Genocide Studies—January 1998)

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction Statistics Dont Bleed
9
Chapter I Dutch Jewry before 10 May 1940
15
Chapter II From Aryan Declaration to Yellow Star the Antechamber of Death
33
Chapter III Deportation or into Hiding
53
Chapter IV The Transit Camps
75
Chapter V The Railroad of No Return
91
Chapter VI The Paradox of Silence Survivors and Losers
121
Chapter VII The Epilogue
147
Notes
155
Chronology
165
Short Biographies
167
Bibliography
173
Sources
179
Index
181
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