13/04/2021

Meet the Dutch: Perceptions of World War II

After having been postponed twice over the past year due to coronavirus restrictions, we’re pleased to announce that the Perceptions of World War II lecture is finally happening this month.

On Wednesday, 21 April at 19:30, Studium Generale – in collaboration with City Central - is holding a special event about how the stories we tell about WWII have evolved over time and how modern Dutch society collectively remembers the war.

Our perception of the past is dynamic, and the role of the Second World War in Dutch culture has been greatly influenced by its depictions in literature and films. But how have our narratives about WWII changed over the past 75 years?

Tom Wilcox will host a conversation with Frank van Vree, director of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Lien de Jong, a Jewish war survivor and the main character of the award-winning book The Cut Out Girl; and David Stroband, art historian and visual arts instructor at Minerva Art Academy, about how the narratives surrounding WWII have evolved over time and how modern Dutch society collectively remembers the war.

This event is part of the Meet the Dutch series, which is a collaboration between City Central and Studium General looking beyond the stereotypes and better understanding Dutch culture through its reflections in film, music, literature and art.

The panel discussion promises to be a truly special evening, so be sure to reserve your ticket for the free livestream from Groningen Forum today.

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