History

Krachtig uitspreken tegen vergelijkingen tussen de situatie rond de coronacrisis en de Holocaust

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it really mean to say that time passes?

Seniors spent the most time alone. But it was young people, especially teenagers, who saw the biggest shift in their social lives.

A tour through the past 100 years as reflected in the pages of The New York Times and compare the events of the past year to the tumult of the long 20th century.

Alleen door de complexiteit van historische gebeurtenissen te benadrukken, kunnen we tegengas bieden tegen de over gesimplificeerde, maar zeer effectieve retoriek van Zij tegen Wij, Christendom tegen Islam, Oost tegen West.

In an age of progress and accelerated development in all fields of life, future generations should also be able to see how the city has evolved throughout history: 1600-year-old colorful mosaic!

The Holocaust represents one of the darkest periods in the history of medicine. And if you look at the past year with the global pandemic, I will say it represents medicine at its best

Regardless of what the humans of 2120 might make of the scraps of fabric that the people of 2020 found precious, the act of packing up the symbols of a crappy year can be cathartic.

What would Napoleon have done? Of course, we will never know. However, we do have a concrete example: his attitude towards an incredible scourge of his time: smallpox.

This winter (2021) will really test different governments’ leadership and their peoples’ ability to unite as a whole; instead of simply bragging about themselves.

But genetics may also make people with trisomy 21 particularly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2.

History suggests that epidemics rarely have such neat endings as the 1854 cholera epidemic. Quite the opposite!

Genen van neanderthaler-voorouders zouden in sommige gevallen zorgen voor een ernstiger verloop van Covid-19.

The figure can only hint at the immeasurable grief of the friends, partners, parents and children of those who have died, many isolated in hospital wards, and buried or cremated without traditional funerals. In a year defined by loss, these 1 million people and their loved ones have lost the most.

Dorren laat zien hoe politieke, economische en demografische ontwikkelingen hun sporen in de taal hebben nagelaten. 

Covid-19 marks the return of a very old and familiar enemy. Throughout history, nothing has killed more human beings than the viruses, bacteria and parasites that cause disease. Not natural disasters like earthquakes or volcanoes. Not war, not even close.

En toen, in december 1889, kwam de ziekte alsnog. In razend tempo breidde de epidemie zich uit. Naar Berlijn, Wenen, Londen en Parijs. In Antwerpen en Brussel werden soldaten en postbeambten geveld. In Italië waren uitbraken in telegrafiecentrales en raakte de brandweer ontregeld. In Frankrijk en Duitsland stokte het universitair onderwijs.

Pestlijders en hun familieleden moesten herkenbaar zijn en met een rode stok over straat gaan. Dat doet denken aan onze corona-app. Ook toen zette de pandemie sociale ongelijkheid op scherp. Welgestelde jongelingen uit de Decamerone zonderden zich in een gezonde omgeving af en vertelden elkaar verhalen. In onze tijd moeten 5G-zendmasten het ontgelden.


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