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Personal information

Bettine Siertsema graduated cum laude in Dutch Language and Literature at the VU. After working as a clerk at the University Executive Board and a staff member of the Blaise Pascal Institute on science and religion, she earned her PhD in 2007 with a study of religious and ethical issues in Dutch autobiographical literature on the Nazi concentration camps. She was a fellow of the Summer Institute of the Holocaust Education Foundation at Northwestern University (Evanston, Il, USA) in 2008. Other fields of interest include theology, liturgy and Dutch poetry. She is a free-lance preacher, based at the Ekklesia Amsterdam (http://ekklesia-amsterdam.nl/home/ ). 

Research

Siertsema’s research focuses on international Holocaust literature and on oral testimonies of the Holocaust. She published on Etty Hillesum, Abel Herzberg, Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones, David Grossman’s See under: Love, female perpetrators, Dutch literary representations of the Eichmann trial and Dutch poets like Martinus Nijhoff, Ida Gerhardt, Huub Oosterhuis and Lloyd Haft. Currently she works on the Holocaust perpetrator as a literary personage.

Education

Siertsema teaches a class on Media Ethics for bachelor students in Journalism (in the Department of Language, Literature and Communication) and, together with Dr. D.G. Hondius, a class on The Holocaust: History and Memory for bachelor students in History.

Ancillary activities

  • Ekklesia Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Freelance voorganger | 2017-11-06 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Holocaust Arts & Humanities
Testimony Arts & Humanities
Perpetrators Arts & Humanities
Holocaust Literature Arts & Humanities
Adolf Eichmann Arts & Humanities
Paragraph Arts & Humanities
Poet Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1999 2018

Eerste getuigenissen van de Holocaust 1945-1946

Siertsema, G., Jan 2018, Hilversum: VERBUM. 544 p. (Holocaust Bibliotheek)

Research output: Book / ReportBookProfessional

Holocaust
Paragraph
Testimony

Verhalen van kwaad: Opstellen over Holocaustliteratuur

Siertsema, G., Jan 2018, Hilversum: VERBUM. 333 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBookPopular

De spiritualiteit van A.J.C. van Seters (1885-1968), de samensteller van 'Levenskunst'

Siertsema, G., Dec 2017, Veel mooie woorden: Etty Hillesum en haar boekje 'Levenskunst'. van den Brandt, R. & Nissen, P. (eds.). Hilversum: Verloren, p. 135-145 11 p. 2

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Etty Hillesum's views on the Nazis and their henchmen

Siertsema, G., 2017, The ethics and religious philosophy of Etty Hillesum: Proceedings of the Etty Hillesum Conference at Ghent University, January 2014. Smelik, K., Coetsier, M. & Wiersma, J. (eds.). Leiden/Boston: Brill, p. 270-281 12 p. 15. (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy; vol. 28).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

De spreekteksten in het nieuwe Liedboek: Experiment geslaagd?

Siertsema, G., 2015, In : Muziek & Liturgie. 84, 5, p. 12-15 4 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Activities 2007 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Bettine Siertsema (Organiser), Dienke Hondius (Organiser)
22 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOther eventSocietal

Beyond Camps and Forced Labour

Bettine Siertsema (Participant), Evelien Gans (Participant), Dawn Skorczewski (Participant)
10 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Holocaust Memorial Day VU

Bettine Siertsema (Participant), Dienke Hondius (Organiser)
22 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOther eventSocietal

Contactday Jewish Studies on the Low Countries

Bettine Siertsema (Participant)
16 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Unhinging the national framework.

Lonneke Geerlings (Participant), B. Boter (Organiser), Susan Legêne (Participant), Mineke Bosch (Participant), Eveline Buchheim (Participant), Thomas D'haeninck (Participant), J.C.A.P. Ribberink (Participant), Marijke Huisman (Participant), Widya Fitria Ningsih (Participant), Margriet Fokken (Participant), B. Henkes (Participant), Rosemarijn Hoefte (Participant), Michiel van Kempen (Participant), Ditteke Mensink (Participant), Anne-Marie Mreijen (Participant), Rebecca van Raamsdonk (Participant), Marleen Rensen (Participant), Paulien Schuurmans (Participant), Giles Scott-Smith (Participant), Edy Seriese (Participant), G. Siertsema (Participant), M.F. Soeting (Participant), Rozemarijn van de Wal (Participant)
19 May 2017 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingAcademic

Press / Media

"Leed van de Holocaust niet te peilen"

G. Siertsema

1/02/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

VPRO Boeken

G. Siertsema & Evelien Gans

28/01/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

NOS Radio 1 Journaal

G. Siertsema

22/01/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Gezamenlijk protest Nederlandse kerken in de oorlog "uniek"

G. Siertsema

19/01/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Musica Religiosa

G. Siertsema

28/09/13

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other