Julia van der Krieke

Julia van der Krieke is a PhD Candidate at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. In 2014, she finished her studies in Archaeology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, and a minor in Jewish studies, at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She graduated on the topic of Amsterdam Jewish Interwar literature and the idea of a Jewish neighborhood. In that same year, she won the EU-Recall competition: dealing with Second World War Heritage and monumentalization in Rome, in an interdisciplinary team. In 2015, she participated in the organization of Open Joodse Huizen for the Netherlands (a remembrance project for victims of the sjoa). She was born in the sunny Caribbean, and raised in the heart of Amsterdam. At the moment she is studying modern Hebrew, and loves literature, art, blues music, history and philosophy.

Julia’s project is entitled ‘Ets Haim and identity within the context of the early modern Amsterdam debate on citizenship’. She researches the changing citizenship position and legal status of Amsterdam’s first Jewish community in the early 17th century. She focusses on the negotiations for legal rights taking place between Portuguese Jews and Dutch city authorities in several cities of the Dutch Republic between 1603 and 1639, on two levels; that of official regulations, and that of informal participation in Amsterdam society (viewed through notary deeds). The research considers whether or not Jews could become (full) citizens of the Dutch Republic, and what this citizenship would have meant in Early Modern Amsterdam. Was Amsterdam the tolerant city that it is believed to have been? This idea is critically questioned here, through a small migrant group, belonging to a religious minority; Portuguese Jews. The results of this research will present a fuller picture of integration in early modern Amsterdam.