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.