The Resistance Museum is located in the Plantage neighbourhood, a beautiful, largely 19th Century area to the east of Amsterdam’s city centre. Bordering on the old ‘Jewish Corner’, the neighbourhood is also closely connected with the history of the occupation and the resistance movement.
An oasis in Amsterdam’s inner city
The Plantage is an oasis in Amsterdam’s inner city. Amid its verdant streets the Plantage offers a rich assortment of culture, history, nature and science. The Plantage is one of Amsterdam’s most varied neighbourhoods. Where else would you find a zoo, several museums, a botanical garden and a science centre all within walking distance?
Visit the cultural institutions, enjoy the architecture and traverse the leafy avenues. Rummage around in the flea market and feast your eyes on designer products and diamonds. As the day draws to a close, take a rest in a park or find a table at a café.
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Across the road from the Resistance Museum, you will find Artis Zoo, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838. People enjoy the 19th-century atmosphere of the gardens: the winding paths, majestic trees, the fascinating sculptures and the monumental historical buildings. Artis is a haven of peace and quiet right in the city centre of Amsterdam. In an area of 14 hectares (1,400 acres), around 700 animal species provide a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom.
The Hollandsche Schouwburg
From 1892 until 1941, the Hollandsche Schouwburg (‘Dutch theatre’) was the main theatre in the Amsterdam Plantage neighbourhood. It was renamed the Joodsche Schouwburg (‘Jewish Theatre’) in October 1941, and was ‘open only to Jewish audiences’. In September 1942, this theatre became a transit house used to gather Jews for deportation. In 1962 the Hollandsche Schouwburg formally became a war memorial, in remembrance of the Jews who perished under the Nazi regime. Engraved on a special Wall of Remembrance here are the family names of all the Jews from the Netherlands who perished during the Second World War. On the first floor there is an exhibition covering the persecution of Jews in the Netherlands.
Wertheimpark and Auschwitz memorial
The Wertheim park is a small, ¾ hectare (7,500 square metre) public garden, named after the Amsterdam entrepreneur and philanthropist Carel Wertheim (1832-1897). The central feature of the park is a grand fountain, dating back to 1898, with a plaque honouring Wertheim. The park also houses the Auschwitz memorial. This memorial was designed in 1977 by the famous Dutch writer and artist Jan Wolkers to commemorate those who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The memorial is constructed from broken mirrors to symbolise that since Auschwitz heaven has never been intact again. www.auschwitz.nl