History: War Crimes in the Past and Present—A Historian’s Perspective

  • Peter Romijn
Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)


The chapter discusses how historians contribute to their society’s attempts to deal with war crimes and related mass violence, in particular the Holocaust and other genocidal processes. This relates to the primary role of historians—to describe and explain the dynamics and the causes of these processes, but at the same time to address the role of historians themselves in shaping the memory of these atrocities, both as individual scholars and as part of their institutional environment. The author takes his examples from the Dutch case of which he is part.


War crimes Holocaust Genocide Historians International law Tribunals Memory politics The Netherlands Second World War Indonesian war of decolonization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Romijn
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  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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