Biography Jan Schaefer
You can't live in bullshit! The life of Jan Schaefer of Louis Hoeks is wonderful to read.
It's almost impossible not to like the story of a full-bodied pastry chef from Amsterdam who doesn't care about anything but yet penetrates into higher circles in Government in The Hague.
Many dignitaries at home and abroad found it hard to believe that this guy, always dressed in shabby jeans, was a state secretary, alderman or member of parliament. And yet this was the case: respectively in the Den Uyl cabinet from 1973 to 1977, in Amsterdam from 1978 to 1986, and in The Hague from 1986-1990. The anecdotes about the reactions that Schaefer provoked are therefore plenty.
But tragedy is also present in the book, even if only in the life of Schaefer's wife and children, for whom he barely had any attention. Schaefer worked day and night for residential construction, urban renewal, for the position of the neighborhoods and for the control of their neighborhoods by the local residents.