Diagonally opposite the Hollandsche Schouwburg is the former Kweekschool, which is set up as a National Holocaust Museum. With the help of the resistance, hundreds of children from the Hollandsche Schouwburg and from the day care center that was next to this building, were brought to safety. The history of the Holocaust will be told through facts at this location. Uncut and unpolished. To confront the visitor with the consequences of indifference, discrimination and exclusion. Both then and now.
They have been open for 3 years as a pilot for a holocaust museum. There appeared to be a great need, so it is currently under construction. Check the website for the latest news.
By concluding with the National Holocaust Museum it all seems to become a bit heavy. Which it also is, of course. The great thing about the Jewish Cultural Quarter, is that through these different locations you can dive into the subjects as deep as you would like. At the cash register a walking route is available through the Jewish Cultural Quarter, with a short explanation of the 5 main locations and many other monuments and buildings.
This district used to be the beating heart of Jewish society in Amsterdam and there is still so much to be seen. For example the diamond cutter Gassan Diamonds and don’t forget the Waterlooplein! There is still a thriving flea market there every day.
Dive into the cultural quarter and immerse yourself in this impressive history!
Tip: Check the opening times before visiting. The different locations have different opening times.
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