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Jewish Tour Guide Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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YOU want to experience the history and the tradition of Jewish life in Amsterdam, dating back to the late 16th century? Let ME bring this history to life for you. Overtime is on my account, entrance fees for the Jewish Historical Museum/Portuguese Synagogue combined is on yours.
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SLDSanFrancisco_CA wrote a review May 2022
Singapore, Singapore198 contributions161 helpful votes
My 15 year old daughter and I feel so incredibly blessed to have spent an afternoon with Mia. Mia is delightful, authentic and knowledgeable. In fact, we felt like we were with a celebrity - everyone in Amsterdam seems to know Mia! Although we are not Jewish, we have a lot of friends who are and Mia made sure to give us more history than she would have normally I think. She was patient and kind with our questions, full of energy and enthusiasm for her city. We also had the unexpected pleasure of popping into the Church of England and having a private tour by the pastor (who happened to step outside while we were passing by). This church is located in the area where they used to die garments, and used to house a very famous Rembrandt painting that now hangs in the Rijkmuseum. This was a once in a lifetime experience with a very special woman and I can't recommend her highly enough. I thank her for trusting us with her story and history.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Carolyn C wrote a review Mar 2020
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Not only as a guide but as a person as well. Our family enjoyed every minute with her and learned more than we could have ever imagined. Her warmth, openness and passion from where she speaks provided not just a tour, but a rich understanding of what it was like living through such an unimaginable time. What was truly remarkable as well, was her spirit and determination. Mia provided us a glimpse of who we would want to be, how we would want to live our best lives and lean into the future, even when we experience one of the most humbling of life’s challenges. Every day, we can see injustice but every day, we also have a chance to see how we respond to life’s inequities. Spending just a short time with Mia, inspired me to assess how I live today and in the future and challenge myself to continually find and see the joy. I hope you walk away with some of the same
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kadie B wrote a review Feb 2020
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We were given Mia's information by two of our friends who had traveled to Amsterdam in the last few year. We were excited to have an amazing once in a lifetime experience to hear the oral history from a WW2 survivor. Mia is so much more than just a survivor. She is a liver! Our morning with Mia was life changing for me, Kadie, and my husband, Ben. Mia is an incredible human and we are so glad that we had the time we did with her on our trip. She was able to give us the history and contextual framework to better understand the history of Jewish life, what happened during WW2 and what modern day Jewery looks like. Her ability to paint vivid pictures and invoke feelings with her words, gestures and spirit made this tour really special. We would recommend taking a tour with Mia to anyone visiting Amsterdam. The intimacy of the tour gave us the ability to connect with Mia which is something we will cherish forever. You will not be disappointed!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ron R wrote a review Feb 2020
Scotch Plains, New Jersey2 contributions1 helpful vote
Recently I had the “pleasure” of touring Jewish Amsterdam with Mia, a most special guide and equally special woman! Mia is a “child” of Amsterdam - born and raised there, she continues to reside there. But Mia is no child, as she is now into her ninth decade. Mia’s “story” is the story of a Dutch girl, a Jewish girl, who, against the odds, survived the “War”, survived the Hate, and survived the Holocaust. Since touring with Mia, I’ve wanted to share a bit about her and my experience with her, but it’s been difficult for me to articulate my thoughts. It’s not often that one has the opportunity to be guided by someone, with such intimate, first-hand knowledge. Reading guide books and blogs can be informative, but nothing like being with Mia. Like the city itself, like the city’s pre-war Jewish community of 60,000 souls, Mia is a dynamic force, bringing to “life”, what Jewish Amsterdam once had been. After the war ended, only 5,000 Jews returned to Amsterdam. Somehow, Mia was one of them. Mia’s story is the material of books and films. She and her family were able to survive because of their strong will to live; but also on account of the nine different Christian families that hid them. When it was time to say so long, Mia was off to the train to spend the weekend with one her war families. Words can’t do justice to what it’s like to be guided by Mia, so when planning a trip to Amsterdam, make it a priority to be guided by her!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Lindsay d wrote a review Feb 2020
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Mia is an incredible person. Her tour was unique and extremely interesting. Highly recommend spending a few hours with her.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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