Nationaal Holocaust Museum opens on 11 March 2024

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Amsterdam, 27 September 2023 - During a gathering for Dutch Holocaust survivors and witnesses, general director Emile Schrijver announced that the National Holocaust Museum and the Hollandsche Schouwburg memorial site will open to the public on Monday, March 11, 2024. Schrijver stated, "We are proud to finally provide a permanent place for this important national history in all its complexity in our collective memory." After nearly 80 years, the complete history of the Shoah in the Netherlands will have its own permanent and publicly accessible home. The Hollandsche Schouwburg, the memorial site across the street, can also be visited again from March 11.

Involvement of Holocaust witnesses
For the gathering at the National Holocaust Museum, the Jewish Cultural Quarter invited approximately 40 survivors. They contributed in various ways to the development of the National Holocaust Museum, by sharing their wartime experiences or donating objects. Now that the construction of the museum is complete and the setup has begun, they visited the museum to witness the progress firsthand.

Special television broadcast
The NOS (Dutch Broadcasting Foundation) makes a special broadcast about the opening of the National Holocaust Museum. This can be seen live on television on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

For new generations
The National Holocaust Museum tells the story of the Nazi persecution and murder of the Jews of the Netherlands. Before the Second World War, Jews and non-Jews lived side by side. They had the same rights. But during the war, the Nazis and their collaborators killed around six million Jews in Europe. That was the Holocaust or Shoah.

A medallion that belonged to a young Jewish refugee. A fancy-dress cloak in which a resister smuggled counterfeit documents. A brooch excavated near the gas chamber at Sobibor. These objects help tell the story of the Holocaust in this museum.

The National Holocaust Museum explains how the genocide unfolded and the experiences of those who were its victims.

Mick Groeneveld

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