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.
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.
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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Vincent is a pleasant and amenable man who is easy to get along with. He tried to make a connection with us at once, to establish our immediate interests and level of knowledge so that he could tailor the tour accordingly. The Holocaust tour of Amsterdam includes the experience of the war in Amsterdam and how it affected all parts of the population as well as the Jewish residents, as the war developed. It was very interesting and allowed us a good sense of the layout of the city as well.