Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam

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A landmark buildingĀ that began as a distinguished theater and ended up a deportation center for local Jews, Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg now houses a museum dedicated to one of the city's darkest episodes. Opened in the 1890s, the theater once served as the hub of Amsterdam's cultural life, premiering many major plays by popular dramatist Herman Heijermans. In 1941, the Nazi occupiers turned the building into an exclusively Jewish theater, and then quickly converted it into a holding center for Jewish prisoners awaiting deportation. Archival footage and photographs provide a glimpse into the final days of thousands who passed through the former theater on their way to extermination camps. Work out when and for how long to visit Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam vacation builder.
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  • This site was formerly a theatre but used as a holding centre for Jews during WWII, before they were taken to the various death camps around Europe. You get a real understanding of how cramped conditi...  more »
  • The Hollandsche Shouwburg was the place where the Germans gathered the Jews from Amsterdam before they deported them to the concentration camps. Because of the historical significance it's a must see....  more »
  • This former theatre, used by the Nazis to cram in Jews during WW2, is definitely worth a visit. It's free entry, basic, takes a touch of using imagination (the back of the old theatre is open space no...  more »