Memories of the flu victims from Veendam. The great flu epidemic of 1918 in the north of the Netherlands

Alex Holthuis, Karen de Vries, Maarten Duijvendak

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The Spanish flu made many victims in the period 1918-1920. Especially in the Fall of 1918, many people died in the northern Netherlands. The consequences of this pandemic were considerable in various fields. This article examines the effects that the Spanish flu had on the way people dealt with death, how they mourned and how they buried their dead. In particular, the effects of the Spanish flu in Veendam are central. Newspaper articles from this period show that these effects became clearly noticeable in public life, although only temporarily. Mourning advertisements show how the loss of life was experienced in private life. A spatial analysis of the cemetery in Veendam shows that the rise in the number of deaths has left hardly any trace in the grave system.
Translated title of the contributionMemories of the flu victims from Veendam.: The great flu epidemic of 1918 in the north of the Netherlands
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationMemento Mori
Subtitle of host publicationSterben und Begraben in einem ruralen Grenzgebiet - Sterven en begraven in een rurale grensregio
EditorsB. Ramakers
Place of PublicationGroningen / Wageningen
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789403414270
Publication statusPublished - 11-Apr-2019

Publication series

NameHistoria Agriculturae


  • Rural History
  • Funerary Culture
  • Spanish flu
  • North Netherlands
  • Mortality

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