The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews

Publication date: Jun 06, 2014 12:14 PM

Start: Jun 19, 2014 06:00 AM

Location: Drinks from 6pm in the Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, Lecture 6.45pm in Pearson G22, Pearson Building NE entrance, UCL, Gower Street WC1E 6BT.

Professor Bernard Wasserstein

The Ambiguity of Virtue tells the story of Gertrude Van Tijn's efforts to organize Jewish emigration from Nazi territory. She played a central role in this enterprise. Bernard Wasserstein discusses the methods she deployed to enable thousands of Jews to escape with their lives. In the course of her work, she faced difficult moral choices. Some called her a heroine; others denounced her as a collaborator. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary documentation, including German and Dutch archives as well as Van Tijn's personal papers, the book raises crucial questions about German policy towards the Jews, Jewish reactions to the Nazi menace, and about Dutch, American and British responses to the genocide of the Jews. In so doing it touches on some of the central moral-historical issues of the twentieth century.

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