I’ve recently got back from a few days in Amsterdam and had a great time there, taking in this wonderfully liberal, vibrant and quirky city.
There was a production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross opening this week which I wish I could have stayed on to see.
A particular moving experience of this trip was a visit to the Theatre Hollandsche Schouwburg.
This was a thriving theatre from 1892 – 1942. From 1942 – 1943 it was a place where the Jews of Amsterdam and Holland were sent before being deported to the death camps of the Nazi regime. Now it stands as a memorial for those Jews that died and suffered in The Netherlands during WWII.
It’s sad to think of a place that provided laughter, joy and an escape, could be transformed into a place of grief, anguish and torment. I trust we learn the lessons from history and see that this is never repeated.