Jews have played a significant role in Amsterdam over the past 400 years. Amsterdam or Mokum – the Jewish or Yiddish name familiar to everyone who livers here – is inseparable from the Jewish history of this city. 70.000 jews lived in Amsterdam – The ‘Jerusalem of the West’ – at the beginning of World War II. This war destroyed so very much, but in Amsterdam and it direct vicinity there are still many traces to remind us of the Jewish life that thrived here for many generations.
Jewish Amsterdam brings history to life – not only through its vivid descriptions of buildings and memorial centres, but also through those of Jewish shops, restaurants and other locations where everyday life took place and in a revived form also partly does today. The writers relied at length on the available literature for those descriptions and enlivened their texts with scores of anecdotes. The entire book is extensively illustrated with contemporary photography and historical imagery; in this way providing an extremely dynamic depiction of Jewish life in Amsterdam.
The Jewish Cultural Quarter
The Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam consists of the Jewish Historical Museum, the JHM Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Hollandsche Schouwburg, and the National Holocaust Museum.
The Jewish Cultural Quarter invites its visitors to acquaint themselves with Jewish culture and history, to deepen their existing knowledge, and to think actively about the subject of cultural diversity. Their basic principle is to make the Jewish story accessible in a positive way to as much of the general public as possible.
The Jewish Cultural Quarter offers a range of fascinating exhibitions, all pertaining to the past, present and future of Jewish culture. Book your tickets for a visit, or discover a part of the collection in the online museum.