The Jewish Quarter
For more than 350 years, Amsterdam was a center of Jewish life, and its Jewish community was a major contributor to the city's vitality and prosperity. The Waterlooplein area was their neighborhood, where they held their market and built their synagogues.
Of the five synagogues built in the 17th and 18th centuries, only the Portuguese Synagogue continued to serve as a house of worship after the devastating depletion of the Jewish population in World War II. The other buildings, sold to the city in 1955, stood unused and in great need of repair for many years. During those years, the city authorities and the curators of the Jewish Historical Collection of the Amsterdam Museum were patiently reestablishing the collection of paintings, decorations, and ceremonial objects that had been confiscated during World War II.
Ashkenazi synagogue complex (nowadays Jewish Historical Museum)
Hollandsche Schouwburg (Dutch Theatre)
Hollandsche SchouwburgThe former theatre the Hollandsche Schouwburg on Plantage Middenlaan 24 served during WWII as a gathering point for Jews before being deported to work camps. Many were directly put on a transport to Auschwitz, never to return. Sometimes people were locked inside for a week before they were transported to one of the German camps.
Diamond industrywhen in Amsterdam visit one of the authentic diamond factories - a reminder of Jewish Amsterdam
Jews of Amsterdamread more about the Jewish Community of Amsterdam
nearby AttractionsArtis zoo
Diamond factories reminder of Amsterdam's flourishing Jewish diamond industry
Hermitage Amsterdam satellite museum of the Hermitage in St Petersburg
Het Muziektheater opera and ballet theatre
Hollandsche Schouwburg National Holocaust Memorial
Joods Historisch Museum Jewish Historical Museum
Nieuwmarkt a square in the old centre
Portuguese Synagogue once the world's largest synagogue
Rembrandt House the house in which Rembrandt lived and worked
Waterlooplein famous flea market
Jewish Amsterdam map of Jewish life and culture in Amsterdam