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dr. Laurien Vastenhout

Biography

Laurien Vastenhout is researcher and joint coordinator of the Master's programme “Holocaust and Genocide Studies”, which is offered by NIOD in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In recent years, her research has focused on the history of World War II in Western Europe, the persecution of the Jews, the creation and functioning of Jewish representative bodies during Nazi occupation ('Jewish Councils'), the Jewish communities in Western Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and the role of railways during World War II. Her research projects are comparative and transnational in nature.

Laurien Vastenhout is currently working on her monograph on 'Jewish Councils' in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, which will be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). Laurien was involved in the creation of various exhibitions, including The Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands, 1940-1945, which was shown in the National Holocaust Museum (NHM) in Amsterdam and Topographie des Terrors (Berlin). In addition, together with Erik Somers, she led the project De Tweede Wereldoorlog in honderd foto's ('The Second World War in 100 Photographs'), from which the book of the same name and various exhibitions also emerged. Laurien has been a fellow at several research institutes, including Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (Israel) and Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris (France).

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