- A Language in Search of Its Author: The Early Modern Beginnings of Modern Hebrew
- BOOK LAUNCH: Sport and British Jewry, 1890-1970
- Simon Wiesenthal Memorial Lecture - Perpetrators, Collaborators, Resisters, Bystanders: The Shoah in Greater Bulgaria, 1943
- We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
- Identity through Difference: Rabbinic Judaism and Christian Narrative
- Fighting a Specter in Times of War: Soviet Jewry and the Heroization of Bogdan Khmelnitsky
- Summer Conference 2013
- Summer Lecture
- Marc Michael Epstein Lecture
- Kenneth Sacks Lecture
- Institute of Jewish Studies Summer Concert
- An Extraordinary Archive: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Warsaw Ghetto
- Jewish Identity and Israeli Foreign Policy
- Sephardim, Holocaust and Diasporic Memory: the Jews from the Island of Rhodes
- Rescue during the Holocaust: Sources and Causes
- David to Nehemiah: new fragments from Kenyon’s Jerusalem
- Book Launch: Ruta's Closet
- The Amazing Adventures of a Hebrew Manuscript from Medieval England
- My Father the Good Nazi: Reflections on an Encounter
- First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-1946
- Ukrainians, Jews and Poles: The Ukrainian Triangle in Historical Perspective
- Bringing the Dark to Light – Memory of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe
- Blair, Labour and Palestine: Conflicting Views on Middle East Peace After 9/11
- Jews and the Making of the Modern Cultural Industry
- Vision 2020: Leading British Jewry into the Future
- Redcliffe Salaman, President of the Jewish Historical Society of England
- From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews and Israel
- The Postwar Quest for Justice: Jewish Honor Courts in Poland and in the Displaced Persons’ Camps
- What's Jewish About Jewish Folklore?
- Can Judaism restore the ‘Human’ to Human Rights?
- Christóbal Méndez alias Abraham Franco Silveyra: The Puzzling Saga of a 17th Century Converso
- Jewish Women Writers in Victorian England
- Defining Jewish Medicine
- The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews
- How Jesus celebrated Passover –Early Modern Views of the Last Supper
- "...And Thereafter: the impact of World War One on the Jews and their Europe"
- Empires, Nationalisms and the First World War
- Hunt for the Jews: the Case of Occupied Poland, 1942-1945
- The Man who never threw anything away: Moses Gaster and his World
- Jewish and Christian Tombstones from ancient Zoara/Zoora
- Royal Jews: Jewish Life in Berkshire from the Readmission Till Today
- The Jews in Congress Poland: At The Dynamic Centre of Political, Economic and Cultural Change
- What Exactly was the Goal of the Nazi anti-Jewish Enterprise?
- From Elephantine to Jerusalem and Back
The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews
Publication date: May 22, 2014 11:36 AM
Start: Jun 19, 2014 06:00 PM
Bernard Wasserstein, Ulrich and Harriet Meyer Professor of Modern European Jewish History, University of Chicago
Thursday June 19th
Gertrude van Tijn was a German-born social worker who served from 1933 to 1941 as secretary of the Amsterdam Jewish Refugees Committee. From 1941 to 1943 she headed the emigration department of the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council in Amsterdam. In May 1941, with Nazi approval, she flew from Amsterdam to Lisbon in an attempt to negotiate the departure from occupied Europe of large numbers of German and Dutch Jews. She then courageously returned to Holland where she continued her work until her arrest, with other leaders of the Jewish Council, in September 1943.
'The Ambiguity of Virtue' tells the story of 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.
Bernard Wasserstein is Professor of Modern European Jewish History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of 'Britain and the Jews of Europe 1939-1945'; 'Herbert Samuel: A Political Biography'; 'The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln' (which won the Crime Writers Society Golden Dagger Award for Non-Fiction); and most recently 'On the Eve: The Jews of Europe before the Second World War' (awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize, 2012). His new book 'The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews' is published by Harvard University Press.
Drinks reception (kosher wine) from 6.00 pm Haldane Room, Wilkins Building
Lecture 6.45pm Pearson lecture theatre G22, Pearson Building (NE entrance)
Book online now to reserve your place:
Page last modified on 22 may 14 11:16