what happened in Amsterdam during WW2
Before WW2, 85000 Jews lived in Amsterdam. After WW2 only 11000. The Nazis needed just 16 months for this. In summer 1942 the raids and deportations to the camps in the east started. On the 30th of September 1943 the Nazis declared Amsterdam 'Judenrein', 'free of Jews'.
The Nazis followed a three step plan: registration, concentration and deportation. In this tour I will show you what happened in Amsterdam.
There is no place that tells the story about WW2 in Amsterdam so succinctly as the Museum of the Dutch Resistance does. Located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, is the former theatre. During the war the Nazis made Jews assemble in this building. This was their last stop in Amsterdam and the first step in the deportation process that ended in Auswitsch or Sobibor for most of the Dutch Jews.
Also we will see the Auswitsch monument and visit the old Portuguese synagogue, where nothing changed since 1670. The Nazis wanted to use this place as the assembly point but they preffered the theatre.
0900hrs pick up from hotel, start walk
1000hrs visit museum resistance
1100hrs visit Jewish Teatre
1200hrs walk/ visit synagogue if open
1300hrs end of tour
Saturdays and Sundays : tour will be from 1000hrs - 1400hrs.
On Saturdays the synagogue is closed for visits.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet in the lobby of your hotel. Public transport is not included. Of course I can also pick you up from the cruise boat, central station or airport, but transport is not included in the tourprice.
End location: Your hotel, or any other location in the city centre.
Duration: 4 hours
During weekedays the tour is from 09AM-13hrs
Saturdays and Sundays the tour is from 10AM - 14hrs.
We cannot visit the synagogue on Saturdays and on March 30 / April 1,6,7,17,27 /May 20 and 21 / July 22 / Sept 9-11, 18,19, 23-25, 30 / October 1 and 2.
This tour is not possible on Rosj Hasjana and Jom Kipoer.
This is a walking tour. If your hotel is not in walking distance of the Jewish quarter, we can use public transport but that is not included in the price.
Walking distances are limited. All museums are within a few hundred meters from each other.
All entrances for the museums in this tour:
-Dutch resistance museum
-Portuguese synagogue (closed on Saturdays)
Your ticket is also valid for two museums which are not part of the tour, but you can visit them on your own. These two museums are in the same area; the Holocaust museum and the Jewish Museum.
If you want, we can visit them in the tour but we cant spend too much time here, as it is just a four hour tour.
On a Saturday it would be much easier to fit these museums in the program, as we can not visit the synagogue on Saturdays.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 EUR - As all entrances are included, you do not have to bring any cash. However, maybe for a cup of coffee. The museums do sell some very interesting (English) books and not all museums do accept credit cards.
Public transportation (if needed).
As all entrances are included, you do not have to bring any cash. However, the museums do sell some very interesting (English) books and not all museums do accept credit cards.
I do guide in museums where that is allowed, such as the Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandthouse, Rijksmuseum, Frans Hals museum, Mauritshouse. I have a lot of knowledge about the Dutch history, but please do note that I am not an art historian.
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Today we had a very informative tour of the Jewish Quarter, the Portuguese and the Resistance museums with Vincent, the first of 3 tours we've scheduled with him. He was extremely knowledgeable and helped us easily understand the time periods when the Jews of Amsterdam were gathered and ultimately deported to Nazi concentration camps. His organization and selection of the materials he presented to us truly enhanced the quality of the tour. We look forward to the additional tours we've scheduled with him!