Announcement of Mini-Symposium: “Gewone Helden – Ordinary Heroes: the Making of Dutch-Paris”

After several years and 31 archives, the Dutch translation of Megan Koreman’s history of the Dutch-Paris Escape Line will be released with a mini-symposium at the Amsterdam Hilton at 14:00 on 10 November 2016. Dr Koreman’s talk will be followed by a discussion among panelists Hans Blom (historian), Onno Sinke (historian), Ad van Liempt (journalist) and Max van Wezel (journalist). Children and grandchildren of members of the resistance line and of Jews and Engelandvaarders whom they helped will be in attendance and encouraged to participate in the discussion. For more information on the symposium and to register (free) see

The Dutch-Paris line covered western Europe from the Netherlands through Belgium and France to both Switzerland and Spain. The 300 men and women who worked with the line hid Jews or escorted them to Switzerland; took Allied aviators and Dutch resisters to Spain; relayed microfilms across occupied territory, and acted as an unofficial courier service among resistance groups in France and Spain. Oxford UP will publish the English edition in 2018.

Dr Megan Koreman has published on the Liberation in small town France. She is especially interested in the question of what war means to ordinary people in both their physical and mental lives. Dr Koreman has been an associated researcher with the Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie; a visiting associate professor at the University of Michigan, and an assistant and associate professor at Texas Tech University.

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