‘In Memory of’…the Dutch Holocaust Victims
Tue, 14 Dec 3:00 PM - Netherlands
In this tour, the fifth in my Jewish series, we will look at the aftermath of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands and the lasting impact it had upon the Jewish community of Amsterdam.
We start the tour in the Henri Polaklaan, outside the old Portuguese-Israelite hospital with its very distinctive plaque above the entrance. Terrible atrocities were committed behind these closed doors during the war, and I will share some of those stories with you. As we walk around the area, we will see the many houses where Jewish people used to live and discuss why so few live in the area now.
Moving around the Jewish Quarter, we will pass the Hermitage, originally a retirement home for elderly women but now an extension of the great museum in St Petersburg. Close by, we will explore the shadow wall, a lasting tribute to the 200+ residents of Nieuwe Keizersgracht who never returned to their homes along the canal.
Our final stop on this tour will bring us to Amsterdam’s newest monument, on Weesperstraat. In September 2021, a new memorial designed by the famous Polish architect Daniel Libeskind was opened. This monument, known as The Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names, will commemorate over 102,000 Jews and 220 Roma & Sinti, listing each individual Holocaust victim by name, brick by brick. Discovering the real people and lives behind the writing on the wall…