The Dutch poet and painter Lucebert is one of the greatest and most influential post-World War II artists. He acquired enormous fame as ‘emperor’ of the Vijfigers with his poems that break with every poetic tradition. The letters that the Museum of Literature has recently acquired come from a period in which he is still developing. However, they are not interesting for that reason alone. Its content gives them an even greater importance. Lucebert more than once made Nazi and anti-Semitic remarks; he turned out to be more sympathetic to the German occupiers than was known until then.
For the first time since the biography of Wim Hazeu - who was the first to quote from the letters - researchers can now view all letters and conduct additional research. On Literatuurmuseum.nl you can read an article (in Dutch) by Bertram Mourits, Head of Collections, about the letters.