(Dutch) Jewish History through the Prism of the Family

30 November 2014  -  2 December 2014
Jewish Historical Museum & Trippenhuis, Amsterdam
+31 20 551 0727
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13th International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands.

In Jewish History, every new generation is formed, both individually as well as collectively, socially politically and nationally, by the influence of older generations and the particular family constellation in which people find themselves. In this three-day conference we present a new perspective on (Dutch) Jewish History through the prism of the family.

Sabbath-Ruhe auf der Gasse OppenheimSabbath Rest (Sabbath-Ruhe auf der Gasse) ( 1866) by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, 1800-1882 (Collection Jewish Museum New York)

Lectures by:

  • Rebecca Boehling – The Jewish Family and the Holocaust: The Post-Shoah Search for Closure and Identity Across Generations
  • Chaya Brasz – All in the ‘Dutch’ Jewish Family: Networks, Cultures and Politics
  • Jaap Cohen – Sephardic Family History as a Rescue tool. The Case of the d’Oliveiras
  • Sergio DellaPergola – Demography of the Jewish Family: Continuities and Discontinuities
  • Evelien Gans – Jaap (Laius) and Ischa (Oedipus) Meijer. A Fatal Rivalry Against the Background of the Shoah
  • Koen Hilberdink – Repairing the Polak Family. The Mission of Publisher Johan Polak (1928-1992)
  • Nicole Immler – Imagining Justice: Compensation Claims Investigated from a Family Memory Perspective
  • Joosje Lakmaker – Writing about My ‘Non-Jewish’ Grandfather and the Family I Never Knew
  • Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld – Sephardi Women and Family Life in Early Modern Amsterdam
  • Marcel Möring – The Grammar of Absence
  • Erik Schumacher – Jewish Mass Migration from the Perspective of an Amsterdam Wedding in 1939
  • Shaul Stampfer – Families, Rabbis and Education. Traditional Jewish Society in 19th century Eastern Europe
  • Harm Stevens – Wachenheimer (1880-2010): A Jewish Family Inheritance in the Rijksmuseum
  • Miri Talmon – Re(dis)covering the Jewish Family: The Case of Israeli Culture
  • Judith Thissen – Paving the Way for ‘The Jazz Singer’: Cinema, Social Mobility and the Commercialization of the High Holidays
  • Robert Vuijsje – The Jewish Family and the History of Kvetching
  • Nina Warnke – Constructing Family Narratives in Yiddish Actresses’ Memoirs
  • Gerard Wiegers – The Pallache family and the Conversion of Isaac Pallache to Christianity (1627)
  • Wim Willems – A Street in Holland. Jewish Family Life (1900-1942). A Website as Research Tool

Conference fee

€ 15,-

Evening Session in the Jewish Historical Museum on Sunday 30 November 2014 (free for Friends of the Jewish Historical Museum)

€ 50,-

Whole conference (30 November, 1 & 2 December)     

€ 30,-

Whole conference (30 November, 1 & 2 December) with reduction (only for Friends of the Jewish Historical Museum, Friends of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute and Students)

€ 30,-

One day (1 or 2 December)

€ 45,-

30 November and 1 or 2 December

€ 15,-

Lunch voucher for one day (1 or 2 December)

€ 30,-

Lunch voucher for two days (1 & 2 December)



The Menasseh ben Israel Institute Committee for the History and Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands


  • Embassy of Israel in the Netherlands
  • Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Stichting Maatschappij tot Nut van Israëlieten in Nederland
  • University of Amsterdam