Current research

This research explores compensation payments to (Jewish) victims of World War II in the Netherlands and how the policies of the late 1990s became a reference-point for present claims from post-colonial groups.

Researcher: Nicole Immler
Duration: 2014-2016
Intended publication: monografie 
Cooperation: Universiteit voor Humanistiek, Utrecht

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Acknowledging historical injustice has become a major issue in a changing Europe since the End of the Cold War, but also worldwide. Payments made by states to victims of historical injustice have become a political practice, however, we still know little how compensation desires are re-narrated across the generations, how media and public debates shape those narratives of (in)justice, and the effects of such measure on individual and social level.

In the Netherlands one can study exemplarily how European post-war and post-colonial memories affected each other in the last decade and developed into a new form of claim culture. Therefore this project looks at the payments made to Dutch Jewish victims since 2000 and how those became a reference-point for more recent claims from victims of the decolonisation war in Indonesia and from descendants of former slaves, Surinamese and Dutch Antilleans.

Analyzing those case studies in a comparative set-up will contribute to the understanding of the desires and imaginations linked to such reparative measures and their significance. Exploring the interplay between different memories in Dutch society will also allow to specify the role of culture in such narratives of (in)justice.​