In 1993 I completed my PhD research on the writings of Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), which was later published in an British and American trade edition: Siegfried Sassoon: Scorched Glory (Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, 1997). In true Sassoon-fashion I had ‘stumbled’ (‘stumbling’ and ‘blundering’ are recurring words in Sassoon’s war writings) across his Sherston-trilogy in my first year at Amsterdam University. It led me to his war poetry, to other war poets, and to that whole historical & socio-cultural phenomenon: the Great War and its impact on British society.
It made me wonder what had happened in my own native country, the Netherlands, at the time. I knew it had remained neutral, but at school we had never been told anything about the period, and it seemed to me that in a country that was so near the battlefields of the Western Front and so close to two of the main warring nations, Britain and Germany, the war could hardly have passed unnoticed.
Paul was a guest at the Radio 1 programme OVT to talk about the electric fence between the borders of Belgium and The Netherlands to prevent people from crossing the border.
On wednesday evening 6 may 2015 Paul gave a radio interview during the program "Met het Oog Op Morgen" about the commemoration of the attack on the cruiseship Lusitania by the German submarines. Below is a link to listen to the interview with Paul.
On friday evening 24 april 2015 Paul gave a radio interview during the program "Met het Oog Op Morgen" about the commemoration of the battle at Gallipoli 100 years ago. During this battle many Australian and New-Zealand soldiers fought a fierce battle with the Truskish army. Below is a link to listen to the interview with Paul.
During the Dutch radio broadcast of the popular evening programme "Met het oog op morgen" Paul was interviewed about the Christmas truce on the first Christmas of the First Worldwar in december 2014. You can listen to the program below.