During World War II, over forty-six thousand Jews were imprisoned in a formed theatre in Amsterdam called the Hollandsche Schouwburg, before being deported to the transit camps. In 1962, this site became the first national Shoah memorial in the Netherlands, with a small exhibition being added in 1993. Currently there are plans for the establishment of a National Shoah Museum, which will consist of the Hollandsche Schouwburg and a new satellite space across the street. David Duindam investigates the development of the Hollandsche Schouwburg as a memorial museum, asking how the site interacts with its direct environment and whether such sites of memory naturally embody or actively mediate their past.
D. Duindam: Signs of the Shoah: The Hollandsche Schouwburg as a Site of Memory
Prof. F.P.I.M. van Vree
Dr R. van der Laarse
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