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During the Second World War, the German occupier forcibly assembled Jews in the Hollandsche Schouwburg, then a well-known theater. From there more than 46,000 men and woman were eventually deported to concentration and extermination camps. Children under the age of twelve were separated from their parents and placed in the creche (daycare centre) directly across the street. The lives of more than 600 of them were finally saved. Students working with the Dutch Resistance escorted them to safety via the Hervormde Kweekschool, a teacher’s training college located next door to the creche. Find out more about this compelling story in the Jewish Cultural Quarter.
The Hollandsche Schouwburg served as a wartime deportation center. Jews living in Amsterdam and the surrounding areas received a call-up notice to report to the theater and were held there for hours, days and sometimes weeks on end. Shut off from the outside world, they awaited transport to the transit camps Vugt or Westerbork.A place of intense sorrow, the Hollandsche Schouwburg has served as a Holocaust memorial site for Jewish victims of the Nazi persecution in the Netherlands since 1962. On the other hand, the National Holocaust Museum (in development) – now housed in the former Hervormde Kweekschool adjacent to the creche – was once a place where lives were saved. Here, with the help of various student resistance groups, more than 600 children from the creche were smuggled via that building to relative safety. Several escape routes were devised and put into effect. The unique story of how these children survived is told here. In addition, visitors are getting acquainted with the history of the Holocaust through the museum's temporary exhibitions including artwork and original objects as well as testimonials. On this historical location in Amsterdam, the permanent National Holocaust Museum will be established in the future, with a permanent retrospective exhibition about the Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.A history of despair and deliverance are brought together at the National Holocaust Memorial (Hollandsche Schouwburg) and the National Holocaust Museum, currently in the process of development. A JCQ-Ticket gives you access to 5 locations in the Jewish Cultural Quarter. Besides the Hollandsche Schouwburg and National Holocaust Museum, you can visit the Jewish Historical Museum with its fun Children's Museum and the impressive 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue. Take this opportunity to learn more about Jewish culture, history and traditions. This ticket is valid for 1 month from date of purchase.
- Map with walking tour through the old Jewish neighborhood
What's not included
- Guided tour
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off