I didn't know about the holocaust then. Growing up in Holland
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I didn't know about the holocaust then. Growing up in Holland

(Ian Buruma) The Low Countries - 2005, № 13, pp. 100-109

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Buruma cannot remember the first time he became aware of the Holocaust, but it was certainly before he ever heard, let alone used that word. There must have been hints, snippets of overheard adult conversation that could have alerted him as a child to the Jewish catastrophe. But since he knew little of such things, indeed barely knew what a Jew was, he did not pick up on any of this until later. How did the young Buruma and the country where he grew up digest the Holocaust?

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