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Astonishing: A Wartime Zine Made in 1943-45 by a Jewish Man Hiding From the Nazis

cover of a zine made in occupied Netherlands by a German Jew in hiding

cover of a zine made in occupied Netherlands by a German Jew in hiding

cover of a zine made in occupied Netherlands by a German Jew in hiding

Kurt Bloch, a German Jew hiding in the crawl space of a Dutch attic, published 95 editions of a zine from 1943 to 1945.

Each issue included original art, poetry and songs that often took aim at the Nazis and their Dutch collaborators. Bloch, writing in both German and Dutch, mocked Nazi propaganda, responded to war news and offered personal perspectives on wartime deprivations.

Each edition consisted of a single copy that was passed around to trusted readers and, incredibly, all 95 copies have survived to the present day.

Each edition of Bloch’s magazine consisted of just a single copy. But it may have been read by as many as 20 to 30 people, Groeneveld estimated.

“There was huge organization behind him, which included couriers, who brought food, but who could also bring the magazine out, to share with other people in the group who could be trusted,” Groeneveld said. “The magazines are very small, you can easily put one in your pocket or hide it in a book. He got them all back. They must have also returned them in some way.”

(via open culture)

Discussion  2 comments

Paolo Palombo

I read many lists of "things that blew my mind in 2023", and they are mostly clickbait, but this truly blew my mind. Incredible what the human spirit can accomplish even in the most strenuous conditions.

Jacob Mul

“The UnderWater Cabaret” is such a cool name too. And 95 in two/three years is nuts! Now *that’s* dedication to blogging.

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