Socialistisch weekblad voor vrijheid en cultuur.

Vol. 1-8 (all publ.). Amsterdam, 19 mei 1945-27 sept. 1952. H. cloth bindings till vol. 7; vol. 8 original wrappers; Folio.
A full set of one of the most remarkable weeklies published in The Netherlands after the war, continuing 'De Vonk' (which had been published illegally during the German occupation.
Left-wing intellectuals contributed to this highly critical periodical, which opposed the official government's politics after the liberation. It took a strong stand in such matters as the trials against the war criminals and their prosecution: it opposed strongly the death-sentences passed on to them (in a country where capital punishment had been abandoned since 1870) and the retaliation measures taken against former Nazi's in Dutch prisons after the war; it also strongly opposed the politics with regard to the East Indies and the Indonesian liberation movements, and was outspoken against the Dutch military actions (this led to a prosecution of the journal on account of a satirical drawing on the cover of no 21 in 1947, against the military actions in Atjeh). The journal was directed by H. Roland Holst, Jef Last, P.J. Meertens, Frits Kief, Ton Rot, Nel Bakker, W. Romijn, Wim Storm. Of the numerous important contributors
Arthur Lehning needs to be specially mentioned because his important number of contributions all appeared anonymously. Other contribs. include many of the best names in Dutch literature and journalism: A. Marja, J. de Kadt, A.C. Bakels, Sam de Wolf, Albert Hahn jr., G. v.h. Reve, Constandse, H. Wielek.
Ills. and satirical drawings by: H. Opland, Voskuil, Frits (= Melle), Jagtenberg, Toontje, Wim v. Wieringen, F. Masereel. (On this weekly refer to: Jan Rogier, Aspecten van het weekblad 'De Vlam' in "Voor Arthur Lehning", Baarn, 1979).