“Steps Have Been Taken”: Research into a Story of the Dutch Holocaust
Hilda van Neck-Yoder, PhD
The almost complete erasure of an individual is the common fate of many Holocaust victims. Little has remained of Leendert (Loek) Kleerekoper (Amsterdam 1923 -Auschwitz, July 30, 1944): a small photograph, a notice of a change of address, and four censored letters, written while imprisoned in Concentration Camp Vught, between April 1943 and March 1944. This presentation will illustrate how documents, including three newly discovered 3x5 notecards, archived at the International Tracing Service, provide surprising facts to re-envision the fate of Luek, and simultaneously to question accepted narratives of overlooked aspects of the Dutch Holocaust.
Instructor: Hilda van Neck-Yoder was educated in the Netherlands and in the U.S. She was Professor of Comparative Literature at Howard University. After her retirement, she became a docent at the San Diego Museum of Art and at the San Diego Opera. She is currently conducting research on the Dutch Holocaust.
Coordinator: Candace Gietzen
Course Number: OSHR-70004 Credit: 0 units
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Day and Time:
Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.