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Renske Krimp, MA


Historian Renske Krimp graduated from the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 2007. Since 2008, she has worked as a policy advisor and researcher at the National Committee for 4 and 5 May. Since April 2021, Renske Krimp has worked as a researcher for the project on Dutch forced labourers in Germany, which is being undertaken by the National Committee 4 and 5 May in partnership with NIOD, and funded by a grant from the Mondriaan Fund. She is also an advisor to the accompanying public presentations.




More than 500,000 Dutch men were set to work in Germany. Despite the large numbers, remarkably little is known about this, and the topic is rarely discussed. Many of those involved – forced labourers and their relatives – have found this lack of attention painful. The results of the research will be presented in an accessible and appealing way, and will take various forms, including a travelling exhibition (expected in 2024) and a book for the general public (expected in 2024). The research will run until 2024. A five-part podcast series has already been released as part of the project, entitled ‘Gedwongen, tewerkgesteld in Duitsland [Forced: set to work in Germany]’. The series can be accessed via the usual podcast providers.

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