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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..
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.
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 inside the glass doors of the Stadsloket across from the Spinoza Monument on Waterlooplein at 10:30 a.m. sharp. I have long white hair, black glasses 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 start at the Spinoza Monument and pass by:
We will arrive at the Portuguese Synagogue around 12:45 p.m. The tour will be completely over before 1 p.m.
All 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.
YOU WILL HAVE TO CONFIRM DIRECTLY WITH ME AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE OR YOUR RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED. There is a limit to the size of tour groups in Amsterdam.
It is a good idea to have WhatsApp on the mobile number you gave to Guruwalk while in Europe in order to communicate easily. Then I can send you a live location if you are late, etc.
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.
Note: This tour does not go to 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 particularly good substitute, since tickets are extremely difficult to get. You can buy tickets to the Anne Frank House only on the first Tuesday of each month starting at midnight Amsterdam time. Be ready at your computer! If possible, also book the 30-minute introduction - it's great! Sometimes in low season it is easier to get tickets, so try.
The Van Gogh Museum is usually sold out for at least a week. Reserve early.
If you will visit at least three Dutch museums (including the Anne Frank House and the Portuguese Synagogue), it can be a good idea to buy a Museum Card for 65 euros, good at 400 museums for one year. You can buy a temporary pass at the first museum you visit, use that pass five times, and receive a permanent pass within five days or less. If ordering tickets for the Anne Frank House, check that you have a Museum Card and don't pay anything online. Then buy the card there or at the first museum you visit. https://www.museum.nl/en/museumpass
I look forward to seeing you soon, Jon
Enter Zwanenburgwal 15 or Spinoza Monument on Google Maps. On Monday – Friday I will be inside the double glass doors opposite the statue of Spinoza. I have long white hair and a GuruWalk badge. On Saturdays I will be at the statue of Spinoza.
Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).
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