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Invitation Cleveringa Meetings Worldwide

Tuesday 6 November 2018 - Sunday 2 December 2018

Cleveringa Meetings

Each year in November, Cleveringa Meetings are organised for Leiden alumni all over the world. From Paris to Singapore and Sydney to New York.

During the Second World War, on 26 November 1940, Professor Cleveringa protested against the dismissal of two Jewish colleagues. Together with the Cleveringa Committees all around the world, LUF yearly organizes a series of Cleveringa meetings around this time to commemorate this famous speech. The lectures are given by Leiden academics in cities throughout the world.

Meetings Worldwide

This year, more than 40 Cleveringa Meetings will take place all over the world. All Meetings in English abroad can be found on this webpage.

We hope to see you at one of our annual Cleveringa Meetings. 

Overview of all the Meetings worldwide (in all languages)

Rudolph Cleveringa

In 26 November 1940 Rudolph Pabus Cleveringa (1840-1980) read aloud his now famous protest speech. As dean of the Law Faculty, he denounced the measure taken by the invading Germans of removing all Jewish professors from their posts. One of these professors was Cleveringa's colleague Eduard Meijers, who should have been  lecturing his students at that point in time.

Cleveringa was arrested by the Security Services and remained in prison in Scheveningen (familiarly referred to as the 'Orange Hotel') until the summer of 1941. Having listened to his speech, the Leiden students decided to go on strike, a step that Cleveringa had by no means encouraged them to take. The University was then closed down by the occupying forces.

In 1944 Cleveringa was imprisoned in Vught. He became a member of the 'College of Trusted Men' that coordinated the resistance. After the war had come to an end, he resumed his work at Leiden University until 1958, when he retired. He was made a member of the Council of State and continued in this role until 1963 when he became Councillor of State Extraordinary. He died at the age of 86, in Oegstgeest.

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