Every year on May 4, the Jewish Cultural Quarter commemorates the National Remembrance Day in the Hollandsche Schouwburg.
This memorial is closed for renovations until early 2024, but will open its doors for one night on May 4. The former theater is an important place of remembrance and commemoration: during the Second World War, the Nazis used this building as a collection and deportation point for Jews. The JCK is organizing the commemoration at this location on behalf of the Plantage-Weesperbuurt Association, the Friends of the Plantation Association and IVKO (Individual Secondary and Artistic Education).
Emile Schrijver, director of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, will speak during the commemoration. “By commemorating where history took place, May 4 gains meaning for me. I therefore think it is special that, despite the renovation, we can meet in this meaningful place: the Hollandsche Schouwburg”, says Schrijver.
- IVKO student Pieter Kruithof recites a self-written poem.
- Violinist Oene van Geel and accordionist Erica Rozendaal provide music.
- The Jizkor and Kaddish, said by chazan Daniel ten Brink, are part of the program.
- After the two minutes of silence and the Wilhelmus, representatives of the Jewish Police Network lay a wreath.
National Remembrance Day in the Hollandsche Schouwburg, 4 May at 7.30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). Plantation Middenlaan 24, Amsterdam.