Quærendo 40 (2010) 256-283 brill.nl/qua © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006910X537709 ‘The Business Had to March On’ De Arbeiderspers in Time of War Frederike Doppenberg Amsterdam, Netherlands Abstract During the Second World War the social-democratic publisher De Arbeiderspers [The Workers’ Press] was transferred into National Socialist hands. The National Socialists wanted to transform the party press of the SDAP, the social democratic party of the Netherlands, into a National Socialist platform. The publisher, however, had a secure circle of socialist customers whom the new management did not want to deter. This article is a study, based on a reconstruction of the list of publications during the period ’40 -’45, of how the National Socialist managers attempted to change the ideological foundation of De Arbeiderspers. Keywords history of books, Second World War, social democracy in the Netherlands, National Socialism, blood and soil literature The social democratic family The popular name of the social democratic movement was ‘the Red Family’. It was a designation that well suited the severe fragmentation that character- ized pre-war Dutch society. 1 Every political group and every religious move- ment was strictly segregated from the others and they organized themselves in what in
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Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: history of books; National Socialism; blood and soil literature; Second World War; social democracy in the Netherlands
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