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Frits van Oostrom wins Libris History Prize

Frits van Oostrom has won the Libris History Prize with his book Nobel Streven. The book is about the medieval knight Jan van Brederode.

The winner of the prize was announced Sunday by jury chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem in the radio program OVT. The prize rewards historical books that appeal to a larger audience. 20,000 euros is attached to the prize.

Van Brederode was born around 1370 and became a knight. Later he became a monk and lived for years in a monastery, after which he went into the army again. 65-year-old Van Oostrom is a professor at the University of Utrecht and specializes in medieval literature.
These were the nominees

Remieg Aerts, Thorbecke wants it. Biography of a statesman

Piet Hagen, Colonial wars in Indonesia. Five centuries of resistance against foreign domination

Frits van Oostrom, Nobel aim. The unlikely but true story of the knight Jan van Brederode

Hella and Sandra Rottenberg, The cigar factory of Isay Rottenberg. The hidden history of a Jewish citizen in Nazi Germany

Gabri van Tussenbroek, The tower of the Golden Age. A Dutch battle between the guilder and God


Gold clogs hidden in Amsterdam for gold hunting

The initiators of Gold Rush Amsterdam have hidden two gold clogs this week that are worth hundreds of euros. They organize a gold hunt to make people aware of the colonial past of the city.

The gold nuggets together have a value of five hundred euros and can be found in places that have to do with the colonial past of Amsterdam.

It is the second time that the gold hunt is organized. The organization of the game post a hint every day on their Facebook page, to find the clogs.

Black page

The hints refer to black envelopes that contain an indication of a ‘black page’ from the Amsterdam history of the Golden Age, in which a few letters are hidden. Ten letters are needed to find the location of the gold nuggets.

For example, the ornaments on the palace on Dam Square and the mayor’s house refer to the history of slavery, says Heilbron.


Heilbron thinks that more is known with the history of slavery. “In the textbooks, the Golden Age is not often associated with slavery, most Dutch people know a great deal about the Second World War, but almost nothing about our history of slavery.”

Last year one of the gold nuggets was hidden at the slavery monument in the Oosterpark.

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Ledecka writes history with gold on parallel-giant slalom

Ester Ledecka wrote history on Saturday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The 22-year-old Czech won the parallel-language slalom when snowboarding, after she was already the best on the super-G when skiing.

Ledecka is the first woman ever to take gold at two different parts at the same Games. She defeated the German Selina Joerg in the final of the parallel giant slalom, who had to settle for silver. Ramona Hofmeister, also from Germany, took the bronze.

“This feels very good, I have had a lot of support from my team and I am very grateful for everything they have done for me, without them I would not have been here,” Ledecka said after her victory.

“There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders during the last week, and after the super-G I got a lot of congratulations, but that meant I could not focus on snowboarding, but everyone reminded me of how well I had done as a skier. “

The Czech tried to focus on snowboarding afterwards. “That was difficult, but today suddenly the snowboard star came up in me again, I went down with confidence and I enjoyed the races.”

Ledecka has no preference for one of her two gold medals. “I have a snowboard side and a ski slope, this is a big day for snowboard-Ester, and both gold medals are very satisfying.”


Michelle Dekker, the only Dutch participant, did not finish the qualifying earlier in the day. The 21-year-old snowboard star finished seventeenth, one position too low to continue to the eighth finals.

The two qualifying runs of the parallel-giant slalom were initially scheduled for Thursday in Pyeongchang, but due to the bad weather conditions, the games were moved to Saturday.

In the men’s gold went to the Swiss Nevin Galmarini, the silver was for the Korean Sangho Lee and the Czech Zan Kosir won the bronze.

Lee’s medal was the first medal of South Korea’s guest country ever in the snow.

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National Geographic investigates ‘own racist past’

The world-famous American magazine National Geographic examines its own history, which according to the current editor-in-chief is infused with racism.

A few months ago, the editors of the magazine began preparations for the April issue, which focuses on the subject of race.

In conversation with The Washington Post, National Geographic editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg said that the magazine itself was guilty of stereotyping and exploiting indigenous peoples in its thirty-eight-year history.

To clarify this conclusion, Goldberg asked the American professor John Edwin Mason to study the history of the magazine.
‘Noble wanted’

Mason is not only specialized in the history of photography, but also in the history of Africa. According to him, National Geographic completely ignored black Americans in his publications until the 1970s. In addition, the magazine too often portrayed natives nude and clichéd as ‘noble savages’.

Goldberg has commented on Mason’s findings in a editorial and motivates her choice of research by pointing out that she is the first female, Jewish editor-in-chief of the magazine’s history.

“We first have to review our own history before we tell others how to tackle racism.”

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