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Mon 23-03-2009
‘Rereading Top hats and low standards: Jaap Meijer’s diatribe against Jewish administrative authorities, forty years on’




Hoge Hoeden Lage Standaarden herlezen: Jaap Meijers schotschrift tegen het joodse bestuur na veertig jaar’ (‘Rereading Top hats and low standards: Jaap Meijer’s diatribe against Jewish administrative authorities, forty years on’). With Evelien Gans, Johannes Houwink ten Cate en Lody van de Kamp.

The book Hoge Hoeden Lage Standaarden (‘Top Hats and Low Standards’) by the historian Jaap Meijer was published in 1969. It was a fierce indictment of the élite of the Dutch Jewish community. Meijer posits that the members of this élite were so blinded by the opportunities and social status that emancipation had yielded (Top Hats) as to betray their Jewish roots (Low Standards). Indeed, he identifies this as the root cause of the utter failure of the Jewish Council that was led by this élite in the Second World War. Forty years on, it is possible to look at Meijer’s ideas from a certain distance. The panel consists of Evelien Gans (Jaap Meijer’s biographer), Johannes Houwink ten Cate (an authority on the Jewish Council) and Lody van de Kamp (rabbi and politician (CDA).

 

Venue: De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10 (near Leidseplein) Amsterdam.

Tram lines 1, 2, 5, 7 and 10. Leidseplein tram stop.

Tickets: Advance sales €10, at the door €12.50, students €5; or €30 for the whole lecture series.

Reservation recommended: through the website or by e-mail or telephone: 020-5310325


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