BYE DAD, SEE YOU TOMORROW Jewish children rescued from deportation
• May 3 - December 4 2005
In the year we are commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation, the Dutch Resistance Museum is organising a major exhibition about Jewish children who were rescued during World War Two from the day care centre across the street from the former theatre Hollandsche Schouwburg on Plantage Middenlaan, Amsterdam.
Bye dad, see you tomorrow tells the stories of the children and their rescuers. Quotes, photographs, documents, personal objects and film images paint a powerful picture of their experiences. What was it like in the day care centre; how were the children smuggled out and by whom? Where did the children go, and what was life in hiding like? How do they look back at their pasts now and how has the war affected their lives?
The Schouwburg, around the corner from the Resistance Museum, was the central assembly location for Jews before they were deported. Because the former theatre was soon full, children up to the age of 13 were taken to the day care centre across the street. Hundreds of children were rescued from the day care centre, which was less tightly guarded than the Schouwburg. They were smuggled out of the centre in suitcases, rubbish bins and prams. Their rescue was organised by Jewish resistance workers in close cooperation with non-Jewish resistance groups.
The exhibition is suitable for all ages. In a white space combined with light colours and playful elements, visitors can follow the four main people from the moment they arrived as children in the Schouwburg and the day care centre right up to the liberation. On film, visitors can see them as adults, reflecting on their experiences. One of the four main people is Salo Muller, former physiotherapist to Ajax football club. In the exhibition, he relates how he was rescued from the day care centre, was taken to Friesland, had to change his name to Japie Mulder and in doing so lost his identity. The often unbelievable events which took place in Amsterdam 60 years ago are made accessible through personal stories.
The exhibition and peripheral programme were made possible with support from the Amsterdam Municipality, COS, Stichting Democratie en Media, K.F. Hein Fonds, Stichting Levi Lassen, Lindenweij Fonds (for the documentary), managed by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Noord-Holland Province, The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, VSB Fonds.