Don’t Worry About Me: The Remnants of a Forgotten Life with Hilda van Neck-Yoder

Posted On: March 22, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

jewish-star-holocaustFour letters are all that remains of Loek Kleerekoper, a young radio-technician who spent the last fifteen months of his life in Nazi concentration camps in occupied Holland and Poland. In this talk, Hilda van Neck-Yoder traces the fate of her distant cousin whose story has been virtually erased by the Shoah. Her painstaking research in archives in Amsterdam and Vught, the only official SS concentration camp in Northwestern Europe, reveals the brutality and terror that Loek had to confront but was forbidden to describe in his few letters. The result is a story that avoids the oversimplification and clichés that often mar narratives of the Holocaust.

Dr. van Neck-Yoder, Professur Emeritus, was born in the Netherlands and taught Comparative Literature in the Department of English at Howard University.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program supported by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. For more information please contact the project manager Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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