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Het zwijgen van Loe de Jong

Director: Simonka de Jong
Historian Loe de Jong (1914-2005) shared his knowledge about occupied Holland in WW II with everyone, but kept silent about his own war experiences. Granddaughter De Jong wonders why.

Historian Loe de Jong (1914-2005) knew everything about occupied Holland during World War II. He published standard works and shared his knowledge in TV programmes. About his personal war experiences, he rarely spoke. After his demise, cleaning out his house, people found letters and pictures of Loe’s identical twin brother Sally who - like so many other relatives - had not survived the war. Simonka de Jong, the historian’s granddaughter, wonders why her grandfather withheld these letters. In this personal film, the documentary maker shows how Daan, Sally’s youngest son, uses the newfound documents to uncover lacunas in his own past. Daan about his uncle: ‘I’ve asked him many times if there were any letters that could be important to us. “Don’t worry”, he said. “Everything is in my books.”’ However, not everybody in the family is happy to see Daan stir in their sensitive past.


Set geluid
Sound editing
Production company
Selfmade Films
TV company
Distributor NL
Selfmade Films
Title: Het zwijgen van Loe de Jong
Year: 2011
Duration : 55 minutes
Type: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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