Kroniek van een vriendschap Francisca van Leer en Jacob Soetendorp | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 53, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



Sophie/Francisca van Leer (1892-1953) was born in a Jewish family but converted at the age of 27 to Catholicism. As a Catholic she promoted understanding of Judaism and in 1948 she started a journal (The Voice of Israel). In this first cooperation between Jews and Christians in the Netherlands, Francisca van Leer met Jacob Soetendorp (1914-1976), who worked for a Jewish newspaper and later became a prominent liberal rabbi. This essay discusses an hitherto unknown exchange of letters between them, as a valuable testimony to the very first steps in Jewish-Christian dialogue.


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