Rosa Manus (1881-1942): The International Life and Legacy of a Jewish Dutch Feminist

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Myriam Everard, Francisca de Haan
Brill, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 473 pages
Rosa Manus (1881-1942) uncovers the life of Dutch feminist and peace activist Rosa Manus, co-founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, vice-president of the International Alliance of Women, and founding president of the International Archives for the Women's Movement (IAV) in Amsterdam, revealing its rootedness in Manus's radical secular Jewishness. Because the Nazis looted the IAV (1940) including Manus's large personal archive, and subsequently arrested (1941) and murdered her (1942), Rosa Manus has been almost unknown to later generations. This collective biography offers essays based on new and in-depth research on pictures and documents from her archives, returned to Amsterdam in 2003, as well as other primary sources. It thus restores Manus to the history from which the Nazis attempted to erase her.

Contributors include: Margot Badran, Mineke Bosch, Ellen Carol DuBois, Myriam Everard, Karen Garner, Francisca de Haan, Dagmar Wernitznig, and Annika Wilmers.

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About the author (2017)

Myriam Everard, Ph.D. (1994), University of Leiden, independent scholar, has published on the history of women and the public sphere in the Netherlands, lately focusing on first wave feminism. Her most recent publications concern the life and death of Rosa Manus.

Francisca de Haan, Ph.D. (1992), Erasmus University Rotterdam, is Professor of Gender Studies and History at the Central European University. She has published widely on the history of the international women's movement, including the volume Women's Activism (Routledge, 2012).

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