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Herman Van Goethem

Herman Van Goethem
Herman Van Goethem

(Mortsel, Belgium, 1958) is a historian, jurist, professor and general director of the Holocaust Museum Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen. His work focuses on Flemish history, the history of photography, and the persecution of Jews during WWII. Van Goethem translates this material into approachable non-fiction, such as The Monarchy and 'the end of Belgium' and Leopold III - The King, the Country, the War, which was nominated for the Gouden Uil. Since October 2016 he has been rector of the University of Antwerp, where he wants to welcome more students from underprivileged backgrounds. "There are too few talented youths from disadvantaged communities within intellectual streams of education", he said during an interview with ScienceGuide. Van Goethem is currently working on a book derived from his scientific research since 2005 - Antwerp, 1942: Four seasons. Using police archives, judicial files and diaries as primary sources, he describes how the police behaviour gradually slipped into extreme violence and how society gradually accepted it.


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  • Winternachten 2018

    Writers Fest

    With: Aad Meinderts, Alejandra Theus, Annet Schaap, Arie Storm, Carmien Michels, Cyrille Offermans, Ernst Reijseger, Hans Tentije, Hassnae Bouazza, Herman Van Goethem, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Joris Wijsmuller, Kay Sleking, Marije Langelaar, Paula Golunska, Uri Eugenio

    A festive program moderated by Hassnae Bouazza and built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. We celebrate Dutch literature with a variety of performances by writers, poets and musicians.

    Belgian author and poet Carmien Michels opens Writers Fest 2018 by reciting one of her poems. Then Arie Storm, novelist and critic, offers his take on 'The State of Dutch Literature'.

    Before Joris Wijsmuller, alderman for civic development, living, sustainability and culture with the City of The Hague, hands out the prizes to the winners, the audience determines which of the three nominated high schoolers will win the Young Campert Prize for a young poet from The Hague. The students present their own poems, written during poetry worshops at school.

    Marije Langelaar (1978) will then receive the Jan Campert Prize for her poetry collection Vonkt! (Sparks!) Her laudation is performed by dancer and choreographer Uri Eugenio, known for his appearances with Scapino and LeineRoebana and in So You Think You Can Dance.

    Jeroen Olyslaegers (1967) will receive the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel WIL. He will be honoured by historian, jurist, lecturer and rector of the University of Antwerp Herman Van Goethem and noted actress Alejandra Theus, who will perform an excerpt from WIL.

    The Nienke van Hichtum Prize 2017 will be awarded to Annet Schaap (1965) for Lampje (Little Lamp); she will be serenated by tango guitarist and contrabassist Kay Sleking.

    The afternoon culminates with the awarding of the Constantijn Huygens Prize to Hans Tentije for his entire poetic Oeuvre. Tentije will be musically honoured by Cellist Ernst Reijseger and essayist Cyrille Offermans will make a celebratory speech.

    This event is a collaboration between Winternachten festival, the Jan Campert Foundation / Literatuurmuseum. Program in Dutch.