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DUTCH RESISTANCE MUSEUMAmsterdam
MUSÉE DE LA RESISTANCE
Plantage Kerklaan 61
+ 20 (0) 6202535
If you already know the Anne Frank house and you want to know more about the Netherlands during the Second World War, the Dutch Resistance museum (Verzetsmuseum), close to the Artis zoo, will not disappoint.
Clandestine photosUntil 1 April 2012, the museum offers the exhibition “Amsterdam through the lens of a secret camera” devoted to the work of resistance fighter and amateur photographer Karel Bönnekamp. Risking his life, Bönnekamp took dozens of clandestine photos during the German occupation. Among the forty or so black and white pictures exhibited on the ground floor, some command one’s attention more than others, particularly those showing the deportation of the Jews (including one photo of a daytime convoy by tram, a very rare event) and the confiscation of dogs (used by the Germans to blow up mines ahead of troop movements). I had never seen anything like it.
A vibrant collection of realismIntrigued, I continued the visit in the direction of the permanent collection. Through photos, films, objects and hand-written documents from 1940-1945, many of which evoke personal destinies, I delved into a fascinating past that I knew only from books and that suddenly seemed so close and so tangible that it sent a shiver down the spine. A cup of coffee later and feeling less emotional, I reflected on how lucky I, my husband and children were not to have lived through such hell.
Open Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and public holidays 11 am to 5 pm, and Tuesdays to Fridays 10 am to 5 pm. A free audio guide is available in 5 languages for the permanent collection.
I’m the mother of two supercharged children. I’ve also been living a great love affair with Holland for the past 20 years! I’ll take you to places in Amsterdam that will make you feel good, where the products and the welcome are high quality and where, most importantly, you’ll never stress out. Ready to go?