Prof. Johannes Houwink ten Cate

Johannes Houwink ten Cate (b. 1956) studied contemporary and socio-economic history at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 1985-2002, he worked as a researcher for the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. Since 1989, his main topic of interest is the Nazi persecution of the Jews in the occupied Dutch territories. Since 2002, he is Professor for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Publications by Prof. Johannes Houwink ten Cate

Collaboration with the Third Reich: The Wider Historical Debate and the Role of Hajj Amin al-Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem

How the problem of collaboration and awareness of the Holocaust have been purged from the collective memories of the countries of Europe. Read More »

Looking Back on the Demjanjuk Trial in Munich*

In Munich, the seventeen-month trial of ninety-year-old Ivan (John) Demjanjuk, which may have been one of the last trials dealing with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, ended with Demjanjuk’s conviction in May 2011. This trial was a novelty, marking one of the first times in German legal history that a non-German national had to stand trial for the murder, during the Third Reich, of non-German nationals that took place outside of Germany proper. Read More »

The Demjanjuk Trial: An Interim Assessment

In Munich, in what is one of the last trials dealing with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, the trial of ninety-year-old Ivan (John) Demjanjuk is now halfway through – a good opportunity for an interim assessment. It is worth reviewing for what Demjanjuk was indicted; the role the victims and their advisers play; the issues now under discussion in the courtroom; and how the trial is likely to end. Read More »

The Future of Holocaust Studies

Holocaust awareness has become a worldwide phenomenon, and an international free republic of Holocaust researchers has emerged. Among long-term trends in the field of Holocaust studies are the universalization of victimhood and the extension of the circle of perpetrators. Read More »

The Enlargement of the Circle of Perpetrators of the Holocaust

When looking back on sixty years of Holocaust research, it is evident that the research community has broadened. The most striking result of the focus on the practical implementation of the Holocaust, as the new brilliant synthesis by Saul Friedländer also demonstrates, is the enlargement of the circle of perpetrators and accomplices. Now that this circle has come to include all Europeans with the exception of the tiny minority who rescued Jews, the vague terms which are used to describe the com Read More »