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Lou Lichtveld, literature and colonial Suriname

Annemieke Kaan
Time period: 1921-1984
Number of interviews: 1 (1 person)
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcripts: none
Period of interviews: 15 September 1984

The collection has not yet been digitized and therefore cannot be viewed directly at Sound & Vision. Digitization can, however, be requested from Sound & Vision via:

In DAAN, the digital archive of Sound & Vision the following item can be found: Oral History 19-11-1987 VPRO, an interview with Lichtveld concerning his work as a member of the purification commission for broadcasting

Also see a four hour long interview with Lichtveld from the VPRO

Medium: 1 audio tape

Annemieke Kaan interviewed Lou Lichtveld (1903-1996) for her doctoral thesis on history (RUU) on Suriname. Helman speaks about the government of the former Dutch colony and about his literary work.


Lichtveld came to the Netherlands at the age of 18, did journalistic work, studied music and developed into a (film) composer and film critic. He went back to Suriname in 1949 and held several public positions in the country. For example, he served as Minister of Education from 1949-51 and as Minister Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the 1960s. He also emerged as an inspiring figure in Surinamese cultural life. For his books he often chose the country as a subject, although he mainly addressed a Dutch audience. Later he settled in the Netherlands again.