Little Baba Must be Hung

“Barbertje moet hangen” (Little barber must be hung). This will require some explanation, and not just for the non-Dutch reader. Yesterday I asked a class if anyone had read Max Havelaar by Multatuli. 7 had not, one had read about half. And thrown the book away in disgust because it was all just the same as ever. Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it. It seems the Dutch have forgotten their literature and hence their history and are repeating it. I must write more on this elsewhere and add the good links. In the meantime try Googling some of the unknown words and phrases here. 


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