"I read the Newspaper with Scissors"| 54mins
Director: Shaul Kesslassi | Producer: Shaul Kesslassi
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: Netherlands
This is the story of an uncompromising woman that almost everybody loved to hate.
Born in 1911 as the child of Marcus Boas, a Jewish professor who dedicated his life to the science, Henriette Boas was considered to be a genius. At the age of 2, she would cite Homeros to her father's students. She graduated from university with Cum Laude. But the woman once considered by many as the next greatest thing in the world of academics, became the tireless woman who wrote thousands of letters to the editor.
Most Dutch newspaper readers knew her as Dr. Henriette Boas, Badheovendorp. Make the most trivial mistake in your report and you were bound to get a letter signed by her. She was considered to be the persistent watch dog of all reports regarding Israel and Judaism. For her role as such, she was often despised by Jews and non-Jews.
Henriette Boas, a woman who admired intellect and despised emotions, never married. She herself proclaimed to be married to the Jewish case.
A troublesome woman who was constantly finding faults? Or a true warrior with a strong sense of justice and love of truth?
The woman who made writing letters to the editor her life's work, was an outsider by nature. Her uncompromising character led into exposing 2 of the most controversial affairs in the Netherlands after WWII. The film illustrates Dr. Henriette Boas and the role she fulfilled in the Netherlands. But it also illustrates the Person Henriette Boas, from her birth in 1911 until her death in 2001 at the age of 89.