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Calvinist Resistance And Dutch Jewry. The 'Pillarized' Background

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In recent years, the estimation of the Commission for War Foster Children has hardly improved. Clearly, something turned out very wrong in the relations between Calvinist and Jewish resistance after liberation. The clash is the more striking because it occurred between recent friends, not between enemies. Though the conflict surrounding the guardianship issue and the Jewish war orphans in the Netherlands has been competently analysed by Fishman, Verhey, Brasz, and many others, there may be room for some more continued reflection in this matter. This chapter focuses on the Calvinist side of the original argument. One of the most contentious issues is the question whether Calvinists tried to convert Jewish children to Christianity and may have used the guardian issue to do so. It may be useful to investigate whether such a conversion program belonged to the Dutch Protestant tradition.

Keywords: Calvinist resistance; Christianity; Dutch Jewry; Jewish war orphans



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