jildert sudema

In WW II, thinking the young man portrayed here was the perfect example of the superior Germanic race as proclaimed by the national-socialists at the time, the principal of the school for agriculture in the village of Rijs hung it in his school.

Jildert Sudema, Bouke van der Sloot, before 1940

Jildert Sudema, Bouke van der Sloot, before 1940

After the liberation, the work returned to its maker, who donated it to the person portrayed, Jildert Sudema – who, by the way, absolutely did not see himself as ‘the perfect Aryan’.