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The Darkroom of the Heukels Brothers: Photographers and National-Socialists

The NIOD ImageLab invites you to join us for the next talk in our "History's Darkroom" discussion series on 20 December, 2022. Speaker Machlien Vlasblom will talk about her book, "Wij waren supermannen": Jan en Herman Heukels – broers, fotografen, nationaalsocialisten' (Uitgeverij Boom - Amsterdam 2022).

The discussion will centre around photographs held in the Beeldbank WO2/WWII ImageBank, including the infamous series Herman Heukels made of Jewish people at deportation sites in Amsterdam, during the huge round-up of June 20th 1943. On the same day other images made by Heukels were on display at the newly-opened  recruitment office for the Waffen-SS at the Dam in Amsterdam. 

About Machlien Vlasblom

Machlien Vlasblom is an independent historian. After completing a master's degree in Holocaust- and Genocide Studies, she worked at the Anne Frank House, among other places. In recent years she has focused on World War II heritage. 


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