The Hollandsche Schouwburg was the first prison in which Jewish members of the Dutch population were detained during the Second World War. In what was once a theatre, the Germans assembled the Jews before deporting them to the concentration camps. Thousands of people awaited their unknown fate. Some stayed for hours, others weeks.
When walking through the grand streets of the Plantage neighbourhood, there is little to remind you of the horrors of the Second World War. Once, thousands of Jewish families lived here; there were Jewish shops and theatres, and on Sundays, Jewish children accompanied by their mothers, paraded through Artis zoo. All of this came to a sudden horrific end. The Hollandsche Schouwburg (‘Dutch Theatre’) symbolises that end.
In 1962, the Hollandsche Schouwburg was turned into a Holocaust Memorial to commemorate the Jewish victims of Nazi terror. An obelisk now occupies the former place of the stage, and the theatre seats have made way for a courtyard. The portal of the Schouwburg provides access to a memorial chapel where an eternal flame burns in commemoration of every Dutch Jewish victim of the Second World War; their family names are engraved on the memorial wall.
Details and opening hours
+ 31 (0) 20 531 03 40
Closed on Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur
Wheelchair access throughout the building
Adults: € 12.00
Jongeren13 t / m 17 years, students, CJP * Stadspas: € 6.00,
Children 6 / 12: € 3.00
Children under 6 years, friends JHM, Museum, Holland Pass, I Amsterdam Card: free
Kaddish and (school)groups visits are free, but a suggested voluntary contribution € 2.50 is greatly appreciated.