In De Plantage, once the Jewish neighborhood of Amsterdam, you can go to many locations and numerous monuments when it comes to commemorating. On or around May 4 and 5, in our neighborhood one might commemorate and honor a little extra. Of course there is the National Remembrance Day on May 4, also centrally organized in the neighborhood in the Portuguese Synagogue, for example, and at the Memorial of Names and the Nieuwe Keizersgracht (Schaduwkade). But of course there is much more. Do you want to know what you can attend where? Check out the website of the Committee 4 and 5 May; all commemorative and remembrance activities and the celebrations on 5 May in Amsterdam are arranged in a large overview agenda.
It’s just what suits you; there are performances, stories, concerts, guided tours, listening walks, films, lectures and debates. There are (family) performances in Theater Carré, in the Boekmanzaal of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet and in OBA Oosterdok. The Jewish Cultural Quarter is again organizing Open Jewish Houses and Houses of Resistance this year; an annual program of striking commemorations. Storytellers, visitors and residents share stories in homes where people lived and worked during and just after World War II. In many cities, and of course in Amsterdam, you can listen to and reflect on these stories about the war in many places. In the Plantagebuurt, for example, this is possible in De Burcht on Henri Polaklaan and in the Reinwardt Academy on Hortusplantsoen.
You can also listen and walk through the neighborhood at the same time, for example during the Jewish history walk that starts at the City Hall and an IWalk ‘Jewish resistance in Amsterdam’. On May 5 you can attend Freedom Meals and watch and listen to all kinds of activities of the Liberation Festival.
It is wonderful that so much is being commemorated and celebrated in Amsterdam, in our own neighborhood and beyond.