SG | Students and Heroism during WWII

How heroic and altruistic were students during World War II?

Organisator Studium Generale

do 22 maart 2018 20:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Jeroen Kemperman (NIOD - The Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies) - Interviewed by Reinier Noordzy (Getekend/Marked - Playwright)

What role did students play in the underground resistance during World War II? What ethical and practical considerations motivated them to (not) sign the loyalty declaration to the occupying German forces? In his book, Oorlog in de collegebanken (‘War in the lecture halls’), historian Jeroen Kemperman sifts through the myths, and realities underpinning widespread assumptions of students’ heroism and altruism during the war. Reinier Noordzy interviews Jeroen Kemperman about his research, the impact it might have on collective memory and its relevance in understanding the complexity of choices in life, then and now.

Jeroen Kemperman is historian at the NIOD (The Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies). The NIOD Institute is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). During 2018, the Year of the Resistance theme features during nation-wide,  WWII commemorations and liberation celebrations. Wageningen45 explores this year’s theme in their ‘Wereld Gesprek’ series with a unique English language event in cooperation with Studium Generale Wageningen University & Research. In 2018 the Wageningen University also celebrates 100 years. We invite students to explore the history of their predecessors and their university during a trying time in Dutch history. To mark this special anniversary with a unique project,  the theater play, Getekend/ Marked will be featured in De Junushoff, Wageningen on May 6th, 7th , 8th and 9th (Dutch spoken; English surtitles).

MARKED (Getekend) is a grand theatre spectacle about a group of student friends who, during World War Two, face the most important decision of their lives: will they sign the declaration of loyalty to the enemy or will they dare to resist? Playwright, Reinier Noordzy researched and wrote the script for this theatre play in which contemporary students play their historical counterparts on stage. Together with actors known from film and TV, they bring back to life a unique period in the history of Wageningen University. Reinier Noordzy explores the themes that underpin this theatre production as he interviews Jeroen Kemperman, author of (‘War in the lecture halls’).