Remembering Dutch-Moluccan radicalism: Memory politics and historical event television

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This article examines memory politics in relation to radical actions of young Dutch-Moluccans, more specifically a train hijacking in 1977 at the village of De Punt in the Netherlands. The article examines how these historical events were remembered in the drama-documentary television film, De Punt (Smitsman, 2009), as well as in user-generated comments in an online discussion. The television film represented an inclusive memory culture that made room for the difficult memories of all parties involved including the radicalised, young hijackers. Based on a multidimensional model of mass media reception, the analysis of the web debate examines how viewers reacted to this interpretation. The web debate functioned as a participatory forum, where collective and national memories and postcolonial history were intensely discussed, and the debate made room for some degree of reconciliation between viewers of Dutch-Moluccan and of Dutch majority background
TidsskriftMemory Studies
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)203-217
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 2016

Bibliografisk note

Important information from the publisher: This is a reprint of the article: Randi Marselis, Remembering Dutch-Moluccan radicalism: Memory politics and historical event television, Memory studies (Vol 9, Issue 2) pp. 203-217 Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications


  • national memory politics
  • postcolonial history
  • radicalism
  • reception research
  • the Netherlands

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