Hunter Seminar Room. Free to BBA students & staff!
Resistance Then and Now: Learning from the Dutch
Nazi banners and chants of “blood and soil” infested the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017, and a protestor was killed there. What are the actual parallels between Nazi Germany and the present, and the warnings we should be heeding? This talk and discussion will focus on the lessons of Amsterdam under the Nazis and how that consummately civil society allowed 80% of its Jewish population to be rounded up and murdered, the highest percentage in Western Europe outside of Germany. What did the path of resistance look like then? How does it speak to us now?
After a lifetime working as a consultant with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, Mary Dingee Fillmore spent thirteen years researching and writing an award-winning historical novel, An Address in Amsterdam, about a young Jewish woman who joins the resistance. Kirkus Reviews selected it as an Indie Book of the Month, saying “In her well-researched novel, Fillmore vividly portrays Amsterdam, Rachel, and her family… An intense tale that gives the tragedies of history a Dutch dwelling and a family name.” The book won the Sarton Women’s Book Award, and is a finalist for the International Book Awards.