Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam

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A landmark building 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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  • August 12, 2017
    I would recommend everyone to visit this memorial. Emotive and overwhelming but so worth it. Photographs and displays throughout the building but particularly on the first floor really put a personal ...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    The remains of the former building the Jewish community that displayed it plays in Yiddish. The building is very close to the Museum of Jewish history in the city and the Portuguese synagogue. Unfortunately, during World War II it served awful this place as a meeting point and collecting of Jews by Germans who shilacho them to extermination camps. Near these remains stands today-monument black granite memorial with the inscription dedicated the monument in memory of the victims. The pillar is decorated with inlaid includes names of 104,000 families and 6700 Jews were murdered by Nazi monster. Opening hours: open every day from 11:00-16:00, free admission. Getting there: accessible by tram lines 9 or 14.  
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  • July 11, 2017
    If you visit more that 4 museums in a short period of time when you are in the Netherlands, it might be interesting to invest in a Museum Jaarkaart. It will grant you free acces to almost every museum...  more »

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