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
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Tour description

Why was Amsterdam the safest place for Jews to live for 350 years until WWII, when the Netherlands became the country with the highest percentage (75%) of Jews murdered 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 and other stories to understand what it was like to live in a country occupied by a Nazi regime for both Jews and non-Jews,

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

  • The Jewish children who were bravely saved from the transit centre 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 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.

PLEASE PERSONALLY CONFIRM THAT YOU WILL ATTEND THE TOUR A DAY AHEAD.  You should receive a reminder email 2 days before the tour. Tours in Amsterdam are limited to 15 persons, so an accurate count is necessary.

Downloading the Guruwalk app will make sure you find out if an opening becomes available and ensure that you don't miss any messages. 

Note:  This tour does not go to the Anne Frank House, which is a 25-minute walk from the end of our tour and has little to offer outside of the museum.

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/

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

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 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
    The Shadow Wall

    This section of the Nieuwe Keizersgracht commemorates the Jews who lived here in WWII and were killed by the Nazi occupation.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    National Holocaust Names Monument

    This monument for 2021 designed by Daniel Liebeskind commemorates all 102,000 Jews living in the Netherlands during WWII who were killed as well as the approximately 250 Dutch gypsies who were also killed by the Nazis.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    National Holocaust Museum & Jewish Theater (Jewish Cultural Quarter)

    This theatre was first transformed by the Germans into a Jewish theatre in 1940 and then into a Jewish transit camp in July of 1942. The theatre and daycare centre/school across the street are now the new National Holocaust Museum.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Artis Zoo

    This was the best place to hide during the Hunger Winter of 1944/45.

  • 6
    Outside visit

    This is the Dutch monument to the victims of Auschwitz.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Portugese Synagoge

    Find out how the Portuguese Synagogue survived WWII.

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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Emmanuel Axayacatl 15 Apr 2024
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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Jon fue bastante bueno en las explicaciones que dio, se nota que se ha preparado bastante
Brenda 14 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Jon was so good at telling stories and history in a way that helped you feel how difficult times had been and make the experience more personal.
Matthew 14 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Jon was great! Very informative with a dose of fun and humor to keep everything lively and engaging. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in WWII history in Amsterdam.
Federica 14 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Jon is a very nice person, very engaging and funny. He was precise with the information and showed us interesting spots that we wouldn’t have noticed by ourselves. He also gave us Stroopwafels!
Sonal 14 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
The tour was amazing. I dint expect so much of insider information about the war and after effects. Mr Jon gave very minute details and also showed us multiple points of historic importance. His knowledge about the subject was commendable. You will not get all such historical info in any other tour, we had already done 2 city tours including anne frank house, but whatever info Mr jon gave was everything new with detailed info. Highly recommend the tour with Mr Jon. This tour was a cherry on the cake tour in our entire Amsterdam trip. Once again I would like to thank Mr Jon for this amazing tour.
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Who is this tour for?

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

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Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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