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Free Tour of the Jewish Quarter, WWII & the Anne Frank Story

Your Guru: Jon
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4.9
68 ratings
  • Amsterdam
  • Available in English
  • 2 hours and 15 minutes

About the Guru

Hi, I’m Jon. I’m fascinated by World War II, Hitler's propoganda of hate and its terrible consequences. Living in Amsterdam I find that stories of the Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration are the stories most worthy of telling. We all need to be aware of how lies can lead to tragedies such as the Holocaust..

Hi, I’m Jon. I’m fascinated by World War II, Hitler's propoganda of hate and its terrible consequences. Living in Amsterdam I find that stories of the Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration are the stories most worthy of telling. We all need to be aware of how lies can lead to tragedies such as the Holocaust..

About the Tour

Why was Amsterdam the safest place for Jews to live for 350 years until WWII, when it became the country with the highest percentage (75%) of Jews deported to the death camps in Western Europe? The best chance to survive was to go into hiding, just as Anne Frank and her family did in 1942.  

We will use Anne Frank’s story to understand what it was like to live in a country occupied by a Nazi regime for both Jews and non-Jews,

And we will talk about the incredible exploits of the heroes and traitors during the war, both Jewish and Christian. 

  • The brothers who stole millions from the Dutch National Bank in order to support the resistance.
  • The Jewish sisters who provided a safe haven to many other Jews, were deported as criminals, and took care of Anne and Margot Frank in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
  • The paid informants who hunted down Jews in hiding, including the Jewish woman who betrayed 700 Jews.


We will also discuss the kinds of lies used to create such virulent anti-Semitism and how lies continue to be used today to foment hate and war.


The tour will take place in the Jewish Quarter, the heart of Jewish culture in Amsterdam.  We will begin at the Spinoza Monument on Waterlooplein next to the Zwanenburg canal and the Bijvoet bridge.  I will have a black hat and a GuruWalk badge. The tour will go on unless there are hurricane warnings.

If participants want general information on Amsterdam, that will also be included in the tour.

Our tour will pass by: 

  • The Spinoza Monument
  • The Jewish Resistance Monument
  • The Jewish Boys Orphanage
  • The Shadow Wall
  • The National Holocaust Names Monument
  • The Memorial to the Deaf Students
  • The Dutch Theater (the deportation center in Amsterdam)
  • The Artis Zoo
  • The Auschwitz Monument
  • The Portuguese Synagogue & The Jewish Museum

 

All of your questions and comments are welcome and will serve to make the tour come alive for everybody.  Since we are in Amsterdam, we will try to make even this tour about WWII as gezellig (friendly and convivial) as possible.

Note:  This tour does not go by the Anne Frank House, which is a 25-minute walk from the end of our tour.  This tour is a terrific preparation or follow-up for the Anne Frank House (annefrank.org) or a very good substitute, since tickets are extremely difficult to get. 

As of January 1, 2020, participants in all tours and activities of all operators in Amsterdam are subject to an "entertainment tax" of €1.50. It will be collected at the meeting point before the start of the tour.  Please note that this tax is transferred directly to the municipality of Amsterdam. 

Thank you for your understanding and see you soon!

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I will be in front of the statue of Spinoza with a black hat. and a GuruWalk badge.

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (68)

4.9
By category
Professionalism
4.95
Fun
4.54
Expression
4.81
Quality
4.83
Route
4.77
Nadia
06 Jul 2022 Basel
Verified booking
Travelled alone - Jul 2022

Jon is a very kind and well informed guide. A great group leader allowing everyone to feel welcomed and adapts the program well to the group. Highly recommend! Very sensitive and serious topic well served and taught. Do not expect it to be fun as it is about war crime, cruelty and death.

Rachel
06 Jul 2022
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Jul 2022

Jon was a fantastic guide who told us lots of information without it feeling overwhelming or I was on a school trip. He is passionate about the subject and this came across in heaps. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone. The subject matter obviously can't be described as fun but Jon was gezellig (hope I've spelt this correct!) A pleasure to be around.

Karla Itzel
06 Jul 2022 Edinburgh
Verified booking
Travelled alone - Jul 2022

Response from Jon
Hi Karla. Thanks for your questions and feedback. Hope you can stay cool in Amsterdam. Best wishes, Jon
Pilar
06 Jul 2022 Barcelona
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Jun 2022

Response from Jon
Hi Pilar. Very nice to meet the two of you. Thank you for your questions and your feedback. Happy travels, Jon
Paula
05 Jul 2022 León
Verified booking
Travelled in group - Jun 2022

Response from Jon
Hi Paula, I'm so glad that all of you students could come on the tour. Please thank them all for their questions and comments. Buen viaje, Jon

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!