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The Jewish Quarter, WWII & the Anne Frank Story

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Jon
Quality Verified Registered on August 03, 2021

I am an experienced guide and history buff who is fascinated by World War II, Hitler's propoganda of hate and its terrible consequences. I find that stories of the Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration in Amsterdam form the most meaningful tour I can give, showing how the Holocaust took place even in Amsterdam, "The Jerusalem of the West" and the home of tolerance. I look forward to sharing this with you, Jon Feller

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    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

Why was Amsterdam the safest place for Jews to live for 350 years until 1940, when the Netherlands became the country with the highest percentage (75%) of Jews murdered in Western Europe?

We will use Anne Frank’s story and many other stories to understand what it was like to live in a Nazi regime of terror for both Jews and non-Jews,

This is the tour you need to take to understand WWII and the Holocaust in Amsterdam. You will visit the Shadow Wall, the National Holocaust Names Monument, The National Holocaust Museum, and the Auschwitz Monument in the Jewish Quarter among other key sites.

You will visit many more houses with stories of the incredible exploits of heroes and traitors during the war, both Jewish and Christian. 

  • The Jewish children who were bravely saved from the transit center nursery.
  • The nurse who led a resistance cell whose existence was never discovered by the Nazis.
  • The paid informants who hunted down Jews in hiding, including the Jewish woman accused of betraying seven hundred Jews.
  • The effects of Queen Wilhelmina's anti-Semitism on the fates of Dutch 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 begin at the Spinoza monument.


We will arrive at the Portuguese Synagogue two hours and 15 minutes after the beginning of the tour. The tour will be completely over within two and a half hours.

 
Since we are in Amsterdam, we will try to make even this tour about WWII as gezellig (friendly and convivial) as possible.

This tour is a terrific substitute or accompaniment for the Anne Frank House (annefrank.org). You can only buy tickets to the Anne Frank House through their website two months ahead of time. Read the link below and follow the directions closely!. Book the terrific introductory program in English if it is available. https://www.annefrank.org/en/museum/tickets/

We do not visit the Anne Frank museum, since there is really nothing to see except her statue outside of the museum. Come on this tour to find out what the Jews and the Dutch experienced in WWII.

The Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are usually sold out for at least a week or more.  Reserve early for many museums, including the National Holocaust Museum.

If you will visit at least four Dutch museums (including all the museums above), it can be a good idea to buy a Museum Card, good at 450 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 or another museum, just mark that you have a Museum Card and don't pay anything online.  Then buy the card at the first museum you visit. https://www.museum.nl/en/museumpass

I  look forward to seeing you soon - Jon

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Zwanenburgwal 15, 1011 VW Amsterdam, ...
    Zwanenburgwal 15, 1011 VW Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    To find the meeting point, type in Frenzi Zwanenburgwal in Google Maps or iMAPS. https://maps.app.goo.gl/h8EGwhPtg2rAF7X19. From Frenzi, cross the bridge and go to the Spinoza Monument, a statue of a man in a funny cape. We will meet there. Unfortunately, just entering Spinoza Monument will probably get you lost.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Spinoza Monument

    Spinoza, the child of Portuguese-Jewish immigrants born in Amsterdam in 1632, was the most radical of all Enlightenment philosophers and embodies the freedom of thought of Amsterdam in the 1600s.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Joods Verzetsmonument

    The Monument to Jewish Resistance.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    National Opera & Ballet

    The lobby has the commemorative statue "The Fiddler".

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Hermitage / Hart Museum

    We will tell a story in the beautiful inner courtyard. Free bathrooms are also available.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    The Shadow Wall

    Commemorates the Jews who lived in these apartments in WWII and were killed by the Nazi occupation.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    National Holocaust Names Monument

    This 2021 monument designed by Daniel Liebeskind commemorates all 102,000 Dutch Jews and 220 Dutch gypsies killed by the Nazis.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    National Holocaust Museum & Jewish Theater (Jewish Cultural Quarter)

    The Nazis changed the Dutch Theatre into the Jewish Theatre in 1940 and then into a Jewish transit camp in July of 1942. The theatre and the daycare centre/school across the street are now the new National Holocaust Museum.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Auschwitzmonument

    The Dutch monument to the victims of Auschwitz.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Portugese Synagoge

    The synagogue is my favourite non-art museum in the Netherlands. The plaza is the scene of the first roundup of Jews in the Netherlands.

How much does this tour cost?

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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Maya 22 May 2024
Melbourne

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Great walk at a fast pace
Koon Cheng 21 May 2024
Singapore

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Jon is informatiative: engaging and passionate for this tour. We have learnt so much more and have him to thank to. Highly recommended and thank you Jon.
Lucia 20 May 2024
Madrid

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Me gusto mucho, y la informacion que da para seguir luego es buenisima!
Marty 20 May 2024
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Fantastic walking Tour With Jon. He was so informative and very friendly. Learnt a lot thank you.
Patricia 19 May 2024
Lisbon

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Amazing tour! Jon was a great guide!
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

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Additional costs:
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Free cancellation
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