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Umbrella and Cane

Florentinus Marinus Wibaut, leading light of the Dutch social democrat movement, is often depicted with an umbrella and walking stick. His official statue in Amsterdam, on the Wibautstraat, is no exception. When he passed away in 1936, his cane and umbrella were given to the housekeeper of the Wibaut family as a gift. Her son inherited them and he gave them to one of his IISH contacts in the former social democratic youth movement. After 74 rainy years, these items suddenly surfaced at the IISH, where they are stored amidst gavels, ashtrays, death masks, and urns of other prominent socialists.

Call number: BG K22/469

Posted: 
1 June 2010