Victims and Perpetrators

Dutch Shoah, 1933/45 and beyond

Author: Hans Derks
How was it possible that, in a rather peaceful and, to all intents and purposes, not particularly antisemitic Dutch society, more than 75% of the Jewish population were arrested, deported or murdered in concentration camps during the Shoah? Can all of this be blamed on the Nazi occupiers?

The eminent historian, Hans Derks, explains this mystery for the first time by looking closely at the social and religious characteristics of Dutch society. He also unveils the extensive collaboration of the country’s state-bureaucracy with the German authorities. This uniquely perpetratororiented book about the Dutch Shoah offers shocking conclusions about the persistent contribution of Dutch scholars to racist ideologies and eugenic measures aimed at creating a new, racially pure Dutch society under an authoritarian leadership.

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Hans Derks is a sociologist and historian from Amsterdam. He lectures and publishes widely on historical and sociological subjects. In 2012, Brill published his highly acclaimed critical study History of the Opium Problem. The Assault on the East, ca. 1600–1950.

Hans Derks studierte Geschichte und Soziologie und den Niederlanden. Er wurde an der Universität Amsterdam promoviert und unterrichtete an verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Institutionen innerhalb und außerhalb der Niederlande und veröffentlichte bis heute mehr als 20 Bücher und zahlreiche Artikel.