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“Worth Seeing but not a destination”

Hollandsche Schouwburg
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

I found this building very moving, and very sad. This building symbolizes one of the greatest horrors that ever could happen to a people short of a death camp. I would not go to see just this but would recommend pairing it with the The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum) across the street and half way down the block from this place, or the near by Artis Zoo.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This old theater is the place where Jews were gathered in preparation for being transported to their final solution at the death camps of eastern Europe. The exhibits contain pieces of these people's lives for us to see now, 70 years later. Very sobering and not to be forgotten.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

The Hollandsche Schouwburg was the location for housing Jews before they were shipped off to work and concentration camps. The remnants of the Hollandsche Schouwburg, or Dutch Theater is a very sobering place. You see a film that has excerpts from people's diaries, notes, and letters about the Hollandsche Schouwburg when these people were crammed inside it, awaiting their final destinations.

The stories are heartrending. Some are optimistic that they'll be going on to see their friends and neighbors. Others are realistic that they are going to their death. The music played behind the recitations and letters are all from Dutch Jewish composers who had performed at the Hollandsche Schouwburg or had their works performed there and who died in the Holocaust.

This is not a place to take children. Be respectful of the Jews who came through this place. Men, please cover your head, out of respect. Be sure to walk through what was the auditorium, walk through the stage area, then walk out the back to the small garden that was the only fresh air the prisoners got while there.

Take the time to look at all the names on the wall. These people were killed for no other reason than they were Jews. Say a prayer for those who survived and those who are still persecuted for living their faith.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

It is true that there isn't a lot to see now at the derelict theatre, but its history is so important in the story of the expulsion and destruction of the jewish community during the occupation, and such a poignant reminder of those horrors, that it is important to visit it if you are interested in that era. This was the theatre reserved for jewish performers, writers and audience and then used to herd Amsterdam's Jews into before transportation to the death camps. There is a memorial, film and small exhibition. It is free to enter.

Thank Floppylion
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Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

This really is a memorial and not a museum. Not much to see - especially of the deportation area. Don't recommend unless you have Dutch Jewish relatives who died in the concentration camps. Note: comes free with Jewish Museum entrance fee.

Thank drichrx
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