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Ever since I read The Amsterdam Heritage Guide I look at the city with completely different eyes. Strangely enough, the city becomes not only more exciting but also more demanding to explore. “New tourism” should not be a voyeuristic journey anymore. It should be a journey to deepen our understanding of our humanity, without any denial of its dark sides such as slavery. This book is a marvelous guide.Ayu Utami author, Jakarta
A ‘new’ Amsterdam
The Slavery Heritage Guide opens a new Amsterdam before our eyes. It is an Amsterdam both fascinating and troubling, as the Guide shows us the locations from which the Dutch slave trade and plantation economy in Batavia, Suriname, and beyond were engineered; the products and profits they yielded; and the traces of the Black presence in Amsterdam itself. As a historian, I am grateful to the Slavery Guide for showing us how the city itself yields sources as precious as those in libraries and archives. Bravo to the authors for this new pathway to the past!Natalie Zemon Davis historian
Glad that now I “know”
There is a saying where I come from that states “ignorance is sometimes safer than knowledge!” In the problematic relation between the South and the North, between black and white, between the differences, history can drive us apart when we do not knowingly invest in the next step, reconciliation. Look at South Africa … I have taken time to familiarize myself with the Amsterdam Slavery Heritage Guide. To a Congolese ‘made’ citizen of Amsterdam I had to answer some questions for myself before I could look anew at all the evidence of a painful past. Many thanks for a beautiful book. I am glad that now I “know.” Against all wisdom, I must acknowledge that knowing is better and safer than living in ignorance.Paul Mbikayi Ambassador for refugees
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