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Ruin's Wheel: A father on war, a son on genocide

G. Jan Colijn & Izaak Colijn

ISBN 10: 1935232169 / ISBN 13: 9781935232162
Verlag: ComteQ Publishing, 2010
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Neither conventional history nor standard survivor's memoir, Ruin's Wheel is a Dutchman's chronicle and reflection on the shocking epoch in Dutch history and its aftermath--when the Germans marched into Holland in the early morning of May 10, 1940, and his son's desire to set his text in the context of genocide. Part One is a moving "thrice born" account of Jan Colijn, Dean of General Studies, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey: his natal origins in descriptions of boyhood and adolescent years in Holland; his life in America to pursue graduate work and ultimately an academic career; and, at the death of his mother, his return home to encounter again the painful cycle of WW II memories. Part Two is Izaak Colijn's testimonial diary, which speaks to the function and dysfunction of the Dutch state and society during the Nazi years. Part Three and the book's Appendix elaborate on Jewish victimization and genocidal acts then and now, and attempt a detailed answer to "What Have We Learned about Genocide?" What emerges from pater et fils is that ever-n-again "thinking people" are the surest antidote to societal evil. Ruin's Wheel is a reader-friendly, invaluable first-person psycho-sociological discussion of why the Shoah (Holocaust) and genocide matters.

Zev Garber, Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies, Los Angeles Valley College

Über den Autor: G. Jan Colijn, Ph.D. is Dean of General Studies and Professor of Political Science at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is co-editor of several books and author of many articles on the Holocaust and genocide. His work with the College's Holocaust Resource Center, and his statewide and international activities have been recognized by several awards, including the Honey & Maurice Axelrod Award.

Izaak Colijn (1903-1959) taught English in several Dutch high schools. He wrote six textbooks that were widely used in the Dutch secondary school system. He recorded several albums as a baritone singer. He also conducted choirs and he was a prominent track and field athlete in the Netherlands before the war.

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Verlag: ComteQ Publishing

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