How did Jews in the Netherlands view themselves and how were they viewed by others? This is the single theme around which the twenty-five essays in this volume, written by scholars from the Netherlands, Israel and other countries, revolve.
The studies encompass a variety of topics and periods, from the beginning of the Jewish settlement in the Dutch Republic through the Shoah and its aftermath. They include examinations of the Sephardi Jews in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Jews in the periods of Emancipation and Enlightenment, social and cultural encounters between Jews and non-Jews throughout the ages, the image of the Jew in Dutch literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the churches' attitudes toward Jews.
Also highlighted are the second World War and its consequences, Dutch Jews in Israel and Israelis in the contemporary Netherlands.
Chaya Brasz is Director of the Center for Research on Dutch Jewry. She wrote extensively on the history of Dutch Jewry, including De Kille van Kuilenburg (Culemborg, 1984), Removing the Yellow Badge (Jerusalem, 1995) and a chapter in the Geschiedenis van de Joden in Nederland (Amsterdam, 1995). Yosef Kaplan is the Bernard Cherrick Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Head of the Center for Research on Dutch Jewry. He has published extensively on the history of the Marranos and the Western Sephardi diaspora, including From Christianity to Judaism (Oxford, 1989), The Western Sephardi Diaspora (Tel Aviv, 1994) and Les Nouveux juifs d'Amsterdam (Paris, 1998).
All those interested in the history and culture of the Jewish Diaspora in the early modern and modern periods, historians of the Netherlands, historians of the Holocaust.