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Dr. Hinke Piersma


Hinke Piersma is Head of Research and Deputy Director at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She studied history at the University of Amsterdam. In 2005 she received her doctorate from that university with the thesis 'De drie van Breda. Duitse oorlogsmisdadigers in Nederlandse gevangenschap 1945-1989' ('The Breda Three. German War Criminals in Dutch Custody 1945-1989'). Since 2003 she has been working as a researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. As a senior researcher, she is responsible for research projects arising from a social demand, especially where it concerns the spoliation of Jews during the Second World War and their legal restoration afterwards. She is also working on a biography of mr. David Simons.

In 2015, Hinke Piersma and her colleague Jeroen Kemperman published the book Openstaande Rekeningen, een onderzoek naar het gemeentelijk beleid van Amsterdam ('Open Accounts, a Study of Amsterdam’s Municipal Policy'). Piersma is currently the project leader of a similar study on Jewish Rotterdam that will be completed in 2022. In 2017, her book Zussen, het waargebeurde verhaal van een familie die tijdens de oorlog uiteenviel ('Sisters: the True Story of a Family That Fell Apart During The War'), followed two years later by the book Op eigen gezag. Politieverzet in oorlogstijd ('On Their Own Authority. Police Resistance in Wartime') about policemen who negotiated the difficult balancing act between institutional collaboration and personal resistance. Piersma is involved as project leader and/or co-promoter in the research on the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, the research on Administrative Amsterdam and the research on Disenfranchisement and Restoration of Rights in the Municipality of Zwolle.

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