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Boom's BluesMusic, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime$
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Wim Verbei

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805119

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.001.0001

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The Blues Scoop

The Blues Scoop

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(p.35) The Blues Scoop
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Boom's Blues
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Wim Verbei

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0006

This chapter considers why the letters that Will Gilbert wrote to Frans Boom from October 1940 to the spring of 1941 did not contain a single word about the fact the Netherlands had been occupied by the German Nazis all that time. It suggests that the war was not mentioned in their correspondence until July 1941 because their passion for music was of central importance, making any other personal or social involvement or interest irrelevant. Another reason is because up until that point, no direct or indirect consequences of the war had tainted their personal lives. Like the majority of the Dutch population, they did not find themselves daily in the middle of a military battlefield, suffered no great degree of poverty or famine, and were only incidentally and in that case only indirectly confronted with physical violence.

Keywords:   Will Gilbert, Frans Boom, German Nazis, Netherlands, World War II

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