News of: Wednesday, June 22 2005,
On Friday June 24 a new exhibition will be opened about the old Jewish quarter of Amsterdam, in the Jewish Historical Museum.
From 24 June until 4 September 2005, the Jewish Historical Museum is presenting the summer exhibition Oh, Waterlooplein… The old Jewish quarter of Amsterdam.
Paintings, drawings, photographs and film material give an impression of the changes that took place in the neighbourhood from about 1860 to 1967. Most of the exhibits come from the collection of the Jewish Historical Museum itself, which is located at the heart of this old neighbourhood.
The Jewish quarter used to be located in the area around Nieuwmarkt square, Antoniesbreestraat, Jodenbreestraat and the current location of the City Hall and the Waterlooplein fleamarket. After World War II the neighbourhood was pretty much empty. The neighbourhood has many remnants of the Jewish culture. The museum itself is in a former synagogue, and the 17th century Portuguese synagogue is located next to it.