Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam

3.9
#43 of 120 in Museums in Amsterdam
A landmark buildingĀ that began as a distinguished theater and ended up a deportation center for local Jews, 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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Amsterdam trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • This former theater is where entire families of Dutch Jews were first collected before shipping to work or death camps. The children were understandably crying and distraught, so the Germans sent them...  more »
  • This is an open space, which once was the site of a theater into which Dutch Jews were crammed awaiting deportation and death. There is a wall of names, and a computerized registry of those who died a...  more »
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