Amsterdam University Press

Reference Works

Amsterdam University Press publishes several reference works, including online databases and websites.

  • Justiz und NS-Verbrechen -Online
  • The Bible and Dutch culture
  • Dictionary Latin Dutch
  • Dutch Etymological Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe

Justiz und NS-Verbrechen

At the end of the year 2012, the documentation project ‘Justiz und NS-Verbrechen’, involving the systematic collection and publication of the post-war trial judgments by German courts concerning Nazi crimes, has been completed. The project was begun in the 1960s under supervision of Prof. Dr. C.F. Rüter at the Institute of Criminal Law of the University of Amsterdam. The book series now consists of 49 volumes with West-German judgments (‘Justiz und NS-Verbrechen’) as well as of 14 volumes with East-German judgments (‘DDR-Justiz und NS-Verbrechen’). With the completion of the project, a vast and unique collection of sources, consisting of some 50.000 pages, documents in great detail the judicial reaction of the two post-war German states to the most serious crimes of the Nazi state.

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Even though highly diverse in nature and scope, the cases tried by the German courts collectively cover the entire range of National-Socialist crimes, from single denunciations to the mass murder policies carried out in Germany’s ‘euthanasia’ centers and in the Eastern European extermination centers and ghettos. Correspondingly diverse is the category of defendants in these cases, ranging from simple concentration camp guards and other subordinate officials or private individuals up to leading representatives and Schreibtischtäter of the Nazi state.

A detailed overview of the various criminal cases and trials as well as of the contents of the 63 volumes can be found at the website of the project ‘Justiz und NS-Verbrechen’, situated at the internet site of the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam.

Online Edition

Next to the book series, there is now also an online edition of the collection of court judgments, allowing for a systematic study of the key aspects of the way the two German states handled the criminal legacy of the Nazi state. For more information on this online edition you can visit the website. Here you will also find information on how to obtain the books and/or a license for the online edition of ‘Justiz und NS-Verbrechen’.

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If you have any questions you can contact one of the editors of the series: Dr. D.W. de Mildt.
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The Bible and Dutch culture

On November 20th 2002 Amsterdam University Press introduced a website Bible and Dutch culture (De Bijbel in de Nederlandse Cultuur), which was completed in May 2009 (but is updated regularly). The Bible has had a great influence on present-day Western culture. However, our knowledge of the Bible has strongly declined in the last decade. As a result, an increasing number of people are losing touch with their own culture. Also our present-day multi-cultural society is getting more and more difficult to understand for those who have no knowledge of the influence the Bible on the Koran.

Amsterdam University Press together with the Library of the University of Amsterdam has begun a project that intends to fill this knowledge gap. Accompanied by a new translation of the Bible, commentary and essays about the Bible will be collected on Internet and will focus on examining the impact of the Bible on Dutch culture.

The famous Latin-Dutch dictionary in a completely revised second edition is now available on CD-ROM and online. The dictionary features entries with irregular forms with redirections for the reader, a grammar appendix, a detailed list of abbreviations found in entries, a broad vocabulary based on classical texts as well as medical, legal and ecclesiastical documents, and suggestions for translation based on the different contexts in which the word can be found. The website and the CD-ROM offer a fully searchable online version of the content. The book version of the dictionary includes the CD-ROM. The website is accessible for licensees only. For subscriptions, please mail to

Dutch Etymological Dictionary

This Dutch Etymological Dictionary (Het Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands) traces the meaning of over 14,000 Dutch words back to their origin and development. Based on the latest research conducted for this publication, the dictionary is the new standard for Dutch linguistic studies. The Dutch Etymological Dictionary is available online on The website comprises all the most recent entries and is accessible for licensees only. For subscriptions, please mail to

Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe

This encyclopedia documents the presence and impact of nationalized cultural consciousness in European nationalism. It tracks how intellectuals, historians, philologists, novelists, poets, painters, folklorists, and composers, in an intensely collaborative transnational network, articulated the national identities and aspirations that would go on to determine European history and politics, with effects that are still felt today.

Edited by Joep Leerssen, in cooperation with almost 350 authors from dozens of countries, this encyclopedia gives a clear idea of the intricate (transnational and intermedial) networks and entanglements in which all aspects of Romantic Nationalism are connected. Only available to order in print. For the online component, visit the University of Amsterdam.