Menno ter Braak

Menno ter Braak (1902-1940) was a Dutch critic whose shrewd intellect and challenging of preciousness in art earned him the title of the ‘conscience of Dutch literature’. He was the Netherlands’ most important writer, essayist and culture critic during the Interbellum period. Fervently opposed to National Socialism, he took his life upon the German invasion in the spring of 1940, within hours of the surrender. After the Second World War, his work continued to serve as an important point of reference within intellectual circles.

National Socialism: Doctrine of Rancour

National Socialism: Doctrine of Rancour

(G.A. van Oorschot, 1937, 56 pages)

In 1937, Dutch critic and essayist Menno ter Braak wrote what today stands as one of the most scathingly perceptive indict­ments of the Nazi movement. Written for and published by the anti-fascist ‘Com­mittee of Vigilance’, National Socialism as a Doctrine of Rancour expressed his urgent concern for the growing popular­ity of National Socialism.

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