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CPN

Collection former Stichting Film en Wetenschap

 

Interviewee(s): Gerard Maas, Jaap Wolff
Number of persons: 2
Number of interviews: 3
Production date: February-March 1983
Type of interview(s): scientific
Carrier: 2 tapes
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcription: none

Jaap Wolff (not to be confused with his brother Joop, who also played a prominent role in the CPN leadership) and Gerard Maas, former board members of the CPN, will discuss the history of the Communist Party. Topics include: the period 1958-64; the crisis of 1977 and the fall of party leader Paul de Groot; the CPN during the war; the relationship to social democracy.

 

Verrips used the interviews for his book Dwars, duivels en dromend. De geschiedenis van de CPN, 1938-1991, Amsterdam: Balans, 1995.

ISBN : 9789050182515

Ger Verrips has written the fascinating and colourful history of the CPN.

He gained access to collections of never-before-examined documents in the hitherto closed archives of the CPN in Amsterdam, the CPSU in Moscow and the BVD. Verrips spoke to the leaders of the party and managed to break through the closed nature of the party leadership. His portrait of Paul de Groot, forty years the dominant leader of the CPN, is surprising. His portrait of the war years and the resistance of the communists is disconcerting. His account of the Cold War, the reactions to the Hungarian uprising, the break with Moscow and the internal party struggles is revealing. The final period of crisis, intellectual revival and ultimate decline are inescapably described.