Borders and Boundaries in and Around Dutch Jewish History by Judith Frishman, David J. Wertheim, Ido de Haan, Joël Cahen

By Judith Frishman, David J. Wertheim, Ido de Haan, Joël Cahen

This research explores the transferring obstacles and identities of old and modern Jewish groups. The participants assert that, geographically conversing, Jewish humans hardly ever lived in ghettos and feature by no means been constrained in the borders of 1 state or nation. while their areas of place of dwelling can have remained an analogous for hundreds of years, the international locations and regimes that governed over them have been hardly as consistent, and tool struggles usually ended in the construction of latest and divisive nationwide borders. Taking a postmodern ancient procedure, the members search to reexamine Jewish historical past and Jewish reviews throughout the lens of borders and bounds.

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Van Doorslaer, Kinderen van het getto: Joodse revolutionairen in België, 1925-1940 (Antwerp: AMSAB/Hadewijch, 1996). 10. ”, 22-23. 11. Vanden Daelen, Laten we hun lied verder zingen, 27-28. 12. Those were mostly families who had lived in the country before the mass wave of immigration started at the end of the nineteenth century; some of them had obtained it later. 13. L. Saerens, “De Jodenvervolging in België in cijfers”, Bijdragen tot de Eigentijdse Geschiedenis 17 (2006): 217, 220. 14. Vanden Daelen, Laten we hun lied verder zingen, 30-34.

23 The “classic” ghetto being a response to the danger of das Ostjudentum well explains why the establishment of ghettos did not occur in Western, Northern, Central and Southern Europe or North Africa under German control. 24 In this context, it is quite interesting to see the initiative to establish a ghetto in Amsterdam and the discussions concerning it during the first half of 1941. Although there is no documentation on the motives that led to this initiative, it can be explained by some of the characteristics of Amsterdam Jewry, which were similar to those of Eastern European Jewry (the size – about 80,000 souls; the concentration in several neighborhoods, especially in the center of the city; and the poverty: Amsterdam had an enormous Jewish proletariat), and by the fact that some of the leading personalities of the German administration in the Netherlands (such as Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Commander of the Security Police Wilhelm Harster), had served in Poland beccccccc 22.

34 This essay has not attempted to discuss the impact of the walls of the ghetto on the minority that lived within them; or the extent to which the walls segregated Jews from the larger culture, stigmatized Jews, oppressed and persecuted them, and simultaneously supported the production of a unique cultural and ethnic identity; or any of the other questions that may be asked about the history of a minority group. Instead, it has described the way one early modern state used the structure of the ghetto as an administrative and economic building block, giving the Jews who were moved into it a form that fit the grid of communes that comprised the state and was also modeled on the notion of the parish community.

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