Exact zeventig jaar geleden voltrekt zich een van de grootste Nederlandse rampen van de twintigste eeuw in de nacht van 31 januari op de vroege ochtend van 1 februari 1953.
A Platform on Representation, Engagement, and Community
Author: Elizabeth Hameeteman
Dr. Elizabeth Hameeteman (she/her) is the executive editor of EHN, and created this platform in 2018. She obtained her PhD in History at Boston University in 2022. Her dissertation, titled “Pipe Parity: Desalination, Development, and the Global Quest for Water in the 1950s and 1960s,” explored the role of desalination as a seemingly viable adaptation strategy to reduce the impact of water scarcity and climate variability in the post-WWII period. Originally from the Netherlands and now based in Berlin, Elizabeth has a background in Law and American Studies.
When the Dikes Broke
Exactly seventy years ago, one of the greatest Dutch disasters of the twentieth century occurred on the night of January 31 into the early morning of February 1, 1953.