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The Hollandsche Schouwburg


A sad relic of the war, De Hollandsche Schouwburg was a one-time Jewish theatre, which was turned into the main assembly point for Amsterdam Jews prior to their deportation in 1942. Inside, there was no daylight and families were interned in conditions that foreshadowed those of the camps they would soon be taken to. The front of the building has been refurbished to display a list of the dead and an eternal flame along with a small exhibition on the plight of the city’s Jews, but the old auditorium out at the back has been left as an empty, roofless shell. A memorial column of basalt on a Star of David base stands where the stage once was, an intensely mournful monument to suffering of unfathomable proportions.

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