From the family album, where Co met Jo.


Ramsgate, Australia

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My parents were members of the A.J.C..


The foundation of the AJC on 18 March 1918 byCommittee for Youth Development was an joint initiative of the SDAP (Social-democratic Labour Party) and the NVV (Netherlands Union of Trade Unions), party and union. The main aim was to educate and develop the labour youth. The AJC was the successor of the social-democratic Jongelieden Organisaties.

The AJC strove to promote the socialist cultural ideal among its members. They developed characteristic manners – alcohol and tobacco were not allowed – and their own way of clothing and celebrating. Physical exercises and long walks were part of it, as well as singing and dancing. AJC members camped on their own grounds, such as the Paasheuvel in the woods of Vierhouten.

The AJC was also active in the political-cultural field. The socialist cultural ideal was promoted through activities such as folk dancing, music, songs, and mystery plays, which encouraged community values. Many public meetings, such as youth rallies and May 1 demonstrations, shaped a political spirit.
Enthusiastic youth leaders, mostly from teachers’ circles, were the driving force for the activities. President Koos Vorrink was an especially powerful and inspiring figure. Not only was Vorrink a prominent Dutch social-democrat, he also played an important role in the international movement. Since the twenties the AJC had been in contact with socialist movements in neighbouring countries.

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