Louis Fles

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Louis Fles
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Born Levie Jacob Fles
(1871-10-19)October 19, 1871
Maassluis, Netherlands
Died May 24, 1940(1940-05-24) (aged 68).
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pen name Dr. W. Bottema C.Az.
Occupation businessman, author, activist
Nationality Dutch, Jewish atheist
Period 1918-1939
Genre non-fiction
Subject Jewish assimilation, anti-Zionism, Nazism, business
Notable works Forbidden radio-speech
Hitler, reformer or criminal
Away with Zionism!
Spouse Celine van Straaten
Children Mina, Rosine, Henriette, Clara, Barthold, George
Relatives Michael John Fles, Bart Berman, Thijs Berman, Giorgio van Straten

Levie Jacob "Louis" Fles (1872–1940) was a Dutch businessman, activist and author. He was a member of the organizing committee of the 1928 Summer Olympics. Louis Fles is best known for writing and broadcasting against Zionism and organized religion.

Fles was a strong supporter of Jewish assimilation and had a complex relationship with the Dutch Social Democratic Workers' Party. He was a strong criticizer of Nazism, for example in his work from 1933 Hitler, hervormer of misdadiger? (Dutch: Hitler, reformer or criminal?) and committed suicide at the conquest of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Is in de moderne boekhouding plaats voor het copieboek? (1918)
  • Efficiency (1922)
  • Kalenderhervorming, sabbath en kerk (1930)
  • Mijn antwoord aan opperrabbijn I. Maarssen (1930)
  • De schuldbekentenis van de SDAP (1930)
  • Water en vuur (1931)
  • Onderwijs zonder godsdienst (1932)
  • Open brief aan den heer J.F. Ankersmit te Amsterdam (1932)
  • Hitler, hervormer of misdadiger? (1933)
  • Een verboden radiorede: Los van de kerk (1933)[1]
  • Godsdienst, openbare school en zionisme (1935)
  • Weg met het zionisme! (1939)

Biography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Los van de kerk". Het Vaderland. 1933-10-12. p. 2. 

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