In the Netherlands, ‘NSB’er’ (member of the Dutch National-Socialist Movement) is still a popular insult. The person in question is a coward, or capable of betrayal. This negative image is based on the decisions and deeds of members of the Dutch National-Socialist Movement during the Second World War, the heyday of National Socialism.

During the German occupation (1940-1945), the NSB (National-Socialist Movement) was at the height of its power. This relative success was largely due to its cooperation with the German occupiers. Members of the NSB were generally perceived as traitors, opportunists and social degenerates.

In the literature about Dutch National Socialists, their “isolated position” is often mentioned. As a group, the NSB members may have been outcasts; however, it is unclear whether and how this general rejection determined interactions in individual cases. The main question of this study is: what was the influence of NSB membership on a member’s life and on his or her social relationships?

WA members marching along the Schreierstoren in Amsterdam, November 9, 1940