EGODOCUMENTS in Dutch Jewish History
EGODOCUMENTS in Dutch Jewish History
EGODOCUMENTS in Dutch Jewish History
EGODOCUMENTS in Dutch Jewish History
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Wegens grote internationale belangstelling verschijnt dit academische document in het Engels. ‘Egodocuments’ is a term coined by the Dutch Jewish historian Jacques Presser in the 1950s. He defined them as ‘historical sourc- es in which the researcher is faced with an ‘I’... as the writing and describing subject with a continuous presence in the text’ and de- manded their integration into the ‘acceptable’, authoritative array of sources. Seventy years later, historiography in general has embraced his view regarding this type of source material, which sheds light on the emotions, imaginations, perceptions, egos, and characteristics of individuals. Holocaust research has become a leading venue for using, researching, and analyzing egodocuments, due to the enor- mous amount of such sources available concerning this event. This volume comprises contributions presented in a symposium dedicated to ‘Egodocuments In Dutch Jewish History’, convened by the Center for Research on Dutch Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in December 2017. They stretch from fascinating documents that give voice to eighteenth-century Jewish crooks, to puzzling twenty-first century writings of Jews – as well as of non- Jews who present themselves as Jews – with a special emphasis on Holocaust-related egodocuments. Dan Michman is Professor (Emeritus) of Modern Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University, and Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. Since the 1980s, he has served as a member of the Academic Committee of the Center for Research on Dutch Jewry, serving as Chairman of the Center in the years 2019–2021.

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