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The people behind the Namenmonument | The latest book by Selma Leydesdorff



De mensen achter het Namenmonument | Het joodse proletariaat van Amsterdam | 1900-1940 en de werken van G.J. Staller


In 1987, We lived as human beings: The Jewish proletariat of Amsterdam 1900-1940. In it, professor Selma Leydesdorff uses interviews to paint a picture of pre-war Jewish life in Amsterdam. We lived as human beings also appeared in English and German and received a lot of international attention. The People Behind the Names Monument is the revised edition
of this work. It is graced with paintings by G.J. Staller (collected and selected by Harry Mock} showing Jewish street life between 1900 and 1930 and giving a face to the people – beggars, market vendors and peddlers.


The stuffiness of the Jodenhoek with its dark streets is palpable; you can almost hear the raucous cries of the hawkers with their wares, all-important is the smell of poverty. In The People Behind the Names Monument, the names on the recently opened war memorial on Amsterdam’s Wibautstraat now also get a face.


About the author:
Selma Leydesdorff is a historian and professor emeritus at the University of Amsterdam. She is internationally known as a prominent researcher and theorist in the field of oral history. Her work Oral history: The people and their stories {2021) has been nominated for the Prize for the Most Important Book of the Year. Harry Mock chairs the Jewish Virtual Museum: an art collection relating to Jewish life in Amsterdam between 1900 and 1940.


Selma Leydesdorff’s latest book will be published on 30-11-2022, and can be reserved in advance via