Pim Griffioen

“The Shoah in Belgium,” review on Insa Meinen, Die Shoah in Belgien. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2009, 254 pages.

In view of the already existing research literature on the persecution in Belgium, it seems as if all aspects of this subject have already been sufficiently cleared up. Insa Meinen’s book shows however that more meticulous research yields new insights on how precisely most Jews, who were deported from Belgium, came into German hands. It also provides information on the various ways Jews tried to evade deportation. The study is based on German documentation regarding the arresting of Jews who tried to hide or to escape abroad. The book is innovative in its description and insights.