Triumphs Show 192: Balancing micro- and macronarratives of the Holocaust

Teaching History feature

By Ed Durbin and Maia Stevenson, published 10th October 2023

How typical? Year 9 balance micro- and macronarratives of the Holocaust

Lien de Jong celebrates her 90th birthday in September 2023. In lots of ways, her biography is similar to many Europeans of her generation. She was born, grew up and went to school in The Hague during the 1930s. She trained to work in a nursery. In the 1950s, she got married and had three children before separating from her husband in the 1970s. She now lives with her partner, Jaap, in Amsterdam.

But Lien’s life has not really been ordinary. In August 1942, following the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, her non-observant Jewish parents handed over eight-year-old Lien to the Dutch resistance...

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