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Forced labour in the Amsterdamse Bos

Jewish labour camps in and around Amsterdam 1941 - 1944

In the context of the 75th anniversary in 2020 of the Dutch Liberation, the Amsterdamse Bos presents the exhibition Forced Labour in the Amsterdamse Bos – Jewish labour camps in and around Amsterdam 1941 – 1944. The exhibition will be held from 2 September 2021 until 3 April 2022.

The Amsterdamse Bos, an icon for the residents of Amsterdam. Most people know the Bos was created and planted as part of an unemployment project in the 1930’s. Much less known is the fact that during World War II, the Bos had special labour camps  for Jewish men who were forced to work there.

Their tragic history will now be shared with a wide audience for the first time.

Book your visit (available from August)

Lion Tokkie, researcher

Out of the shade

Few people are aware that during World War II, there were no less than thirteen labour camps in and around Amsterdam specially for Jewish men who were forced to work there.

Four of those were in the Amsterdamse Bos and one at Schiphol-Oost (airport). The camps were a link in the persecution of the Jews by the German occupier, in which Dutch institutions also played an active role. For many Jews the labour camps turned out to be a gateway for deportation to Auschwitz and Sobibor.

In the exhibition, the Amsterdamse Bos shows this lesser-known dark side of its history, through personal stories, photos, objects, documents and video images.


The exhibition is on view from 2 September 2021 until 3 April 2022 in the Boswinkel, the Amsterdamse Bos visitor information centre.

Address: Bosbaanweg 5, 1182 DA Amstelveen. Check the website of the Amsterdamse Bos for the current opening hours: Visitors' Centre 'De Boswinkel'.


Entrance for individual visitors is free. Timed tickets must be booked before visiting. Book your visit now (available from August).

Diary of a labourer

Groups and tours

For tours and group and school bookings please contact the Boswinkel by phone or e-mail.
Phone number 020 251 7840, e-mail:


  • September 1: Opening exhibition for press
  • September 2: Opening exhibition to the public
  • September 19: Literary caravan
  • October 17: Literary caravan
  • November 21: Relatives' Day
  • October 3: Lecture by Lion Tokkie


For press information contact:
Hinke Kappert, communications advisor Amsterdamse Bos, phone number 06 1014 9457, e-mail



The City of Amsterdam / the Amsterdamse Bos are organising this exhibition on the occasion of the Dutch Liberation’s 75th anniversary, in cooperation with several parties.