Ph.D Cambridge University
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Narratives and Mass Atrocity: Victims and Perpetrators in the Aftermath
eds. Sarah Federman & Ronald Niezen
Memory Seekers: A Novel
When Dutch-Canadian Peter Dekker is hired as an investigator by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, he has no inkling of the war crimes that lie in his own family’s history. His work takes him to Timbuktu, where he collaborates with Malian colleagues to document the war crimes from a recent and only partly-ended civil war. While he is on assignment, his live-in girlfriend, Nora, gets to know Peter’s estranged aunt living in The Hague and uncovers a dark history of murder, revenge and collaboration with the Nazi occupiers. Peter’s father keeps his silence. His aunt Julia reveals only as much as her emotions will allow. Others in the family offer only fragments. As the stories of his family under Nazi rule unfold and the intrigues multiply, Peter is confronted with a war crime in which he finds himself next-of-kin rather than an investigator. Memory Seekers takes on the experiences of war violence and its aftermath, the vagaries of memory, and the incompleteness of courtroom justice pitted against the temptations of revenge.
My published articles and chapters cover a range of topics. To help you find what you’re looking for, they’re arranged by subject area.
Areas of Interest
Human Rights and the United Nations
Suicide and Mental Health
Worldwide Contacts & Connections
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