Episode 26: Pauline BroekemaFirst aired: Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at 17.00 hours
Pauline Broekema about her mother and the rest of her family.
In the book “Het Boschhuis” examines Pauline Broekema, a reporter for the NOS, the vicissitudes of her family. Broekema was born and raised in Groningen. Ancestors of Broekema were farmers in the Netherlands, moved to Sumatra as a tobacco farmer and came back associated with adversity. Relatives of the next generation were seized by ideals to make the world a better place and were part of the group around Utopian and educator Kees Boeke.
"Het Boschhuis" refers to the charming villa of Kees Boeke, a house which later was occupied by Broekema's grandfather. This house is the symbol of lofty ideals and social decline. Nine years Broekema has been working on this book, spit rating in archives and documents that were left in the trunk of her grandfather. Only after the death of her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's, she dared to open the trunk.
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