The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews
Thursday, 19 June 2014 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Talk and Book Launch, Professor Bernard Wasserstein
The Ambiguity of Virtue tells the story of Gertrude Van Tijn's efforts to organize Jewish emigration from Nazi territory. She played a central role in this enterprise. Bernard Wasserstein discusses the methods she deployed to enable thousands of Jews to escape with their lives. In the course of her work, she faced difficult moral choices. Some called her a heroine; others denounced her as a collaborator. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary documentation, including German and Dutch archives as well as Van Tijn's personal papers, the book raises crucial questions about German policy towards the Jews, Jewish reactions to the Nazi menace, and about Dutch, American and British responses to the genocide of the Jews. In so doing it touches on some of the central moral-historical issues of the twentieth century.