Truly a Theatre of Tragedy

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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.

The 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.

The memorial stands where the stage was, the stage wing walls remain too.

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.