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Bart Wallet is assistant professor in political and religious history at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He serves as a director of the HDC Centre for Dutch Religious History at the same university. Moreover, he also lectures in Jewish and Middle Eastern history at the University of Amsterdam. He is specialized in the history and culture of Dutch Jewry, with a PhD dissertation on early modern Yiddish historiography from Amsterdam. He published monographs on the integration of Jews into nineteenth-century Dutch society, the Zeeburg Jewish cemetery, Christianity and antisemitism and the post-war reconstruction of Dutch Jewry.

Wallet previously lectured Jewish history at KU Leuven and has hold a fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Part of his training he received at the Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

As a director of Vrije Universiteit's HDC he stimulates and initiates research into modern Dutch religious history, organizes conferences and study days on academically challenging and/or societally urgent topics, serves on the editorial board of the journal Trajecta: Religious, Culture and Society in the Low Countries (Amsterdam University Press) and is the editor-in-chief of the Passage series at Verloren Publishing Hilversum. 


Research Interests

History and Culture of Dutch Jewry

Western Yiddish and multilingualism of West-European Jews

Modern Religious History and Cross-Religious Concepts

Contested Religious Rites and Processes of Secularization

Antisemitism and Jewish-Gentile Relations

European Perceptions of the Modern Middle East and the Holy Land

Diplomatic Histories of Dutch-Israeli Relations


Research Projects

Minhag Europa. Digital Approaches to Jewish Prayer Books, 1500-present [in initial stages, initiated with Professor Irene Zwiep of the University of Amsterdam]

Abraham Kuyper and the Jews



BA Amsterdam Jewish Culture

BA Vijfde macht? Politiek en media, 1750-heden

BA Religiegeschiedenis

BA scriptiecolloquium geschiedenis

MA Christianity and Antisemitism

Tutorials on Jewish History, Religious History and Middle Eastern History


Ancilliary Positions

Director of HDC Centre for Dutch Religious History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Co-Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Amsterdam


  • D History General and Old World
  • Jewish History
  • Religious History
  • Yiddish
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Hebrew
  • Amsterdam

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Jews Arts & Humanities
Huns Arts & Humanities
The Netherlands Arts & Humanities
Religion Arts & Humanities
Jewish Life Arts & Humanities
Morality Arts & Humanities
Sympathy Arts & Humanities
History of the Jews Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2011 2019

Book review of: Maritha Mathijsen, Een bezielde schavuit: Jacob van Lennep

Wallet, B., 2019, In : Transparant. 30, 1, p. 29 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewProfessional

Book review of: Remco Ensel & Evelien Gans, The Holocaust, Israel and ‘the Jew’. Histories of antisemitism in postwar Dutch society

Wallet, B., 2019, In : Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis. 131, 4, p. 732-733 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademic

Open Access

De noite sonho com a paz: Diário de guerra 1941-1945

Wallet, B. (ed.) & Ulreich, C., Apr 2019, Porto: Porto Editora. 336 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingPopular

Hidden Polemic: Josephus’s Work in the Historical Writings of Jacques Basnage and Menaḥem Amelander

Wallet, B., May 2019, Josephus in Modern Jewish Culture. Schatz, A. (ed.). Brill, p. 42-61 20 p. (Studies in Jewish History and Culture; vol. 55).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Kroniek van Hitlers totale oorlog tegen de Joden

Wallet, B., 4 Jan 2019, In : Reformatorisch Dagblad.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleProfessional

Activities 2002 2019

Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal (Journal)

B.T. Wallet (Reviewer)
19 Oct 2019

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Narrow escape. Legal emigration of Jews from the occupied Netherlands

B.T. Wallet (Speaker)
21 Jan 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Archive Committee Joods Maatschappelijk Werk (External organisation)

B.T. Wallet (Member)
1 May 2019 → …

Activity: MembershipSocietal

Historicidagen 2019

B.T. Wallet (Organiser)
23 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Press / Media

Verborgen Verleden van Nederland: Portugese Synagoge

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NPO2: Chacham Zwi Asjkenazi

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Serie joodse feestdagen: Simchat Tora

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Serie joodse feestdagen: Soekot

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Serie joodse feestdagen: Jom Kippoer

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