File 86 - Interview with Jan ter Laak

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CA ON00389 C3-1-86


Interview with Jan ter Laak


  • April 22, 2005 (Creation)

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0.6 cm of textual records. - 3 photographs ; col. : 15 x 10 cm. - 1 photograph ; b&w : 15 x 10cm. - 1 computer disk. - 1 audio cassette (ca. 1hr., 30mins).

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File consists of an interview with Jan ter Laak interviewed by Peter Naus in The Netherlands. ter Laak is a former Roman Catholic Priest and former secretary general of Pax Christie, a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, human security, disarmament and demilitarisation, just world order and religion and violent conflict. The interview is transcribed and available electronically and in hard copy. All transcriptions and recordings are in Dutch. Brief English notes from the interviewer are in the file. They include: "Jan is a former priest of the archdiocese of Utrecht; he was in the seminary a few years after Henri. Since his retirement from the position of secretary of Pax Christie The Netherlands, he has been working for a number of Dutch human rights organizations. Jan is gay and my impression is that he served as a confident to Henri who discussed his struggles with homosexuality with him. In the interview, Jan brought Henri's homosexuality to the fore. He believes Henri's restlessness and fatigue were related to his sexual struggles. Going by Jan's information, there is no doubt Henri engaged in sexual encounters, with one man in particular. Jan did not reveal this man's identity but suggested he be interviewed for the project. Presumably Jan is willing to provide the contact, if necessary. I think Jan and I had an excellent rapport which enabled him to talk rather freely. He sent me an email after to let me know he thought we had a good interview".

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  • Dutch

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The photographs and audio cassettes have been removed from the file and rehoused in photographs box 7 and audio cassettes box 10. Reference copies of the audio cassettes are available (located with originals).

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Box 5 File 86

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2005 09

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SR2005 09 86 73

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Added by T Wong, 26 October 2018




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