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 in the Boswinkel.
The Amsterdamse 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 (free)
Out of the shade
During World War II, in and around Amsterdam there were no less than 13 labour camps specially for Jewish men who were forced to work there. Of these camps, 4 were in the Amsterdamse Bos and 1 at Schiphol-Oost (airport). They were a link in the persecution of the Jews by the German occupier, in which Dutch institutions also played a 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. There is a walking tour of locations where work was done, a podcast and specially designed artwork. There is an educational program for schools.
The exhibition is on view from 2 September 2021 until 3 April 2022 in the Boswinkel, the Amsterdamse Bos visitor information centre.
Entrance for individual visitors is free. Timed tickets must be booked before visiting. Book your visit now.
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: email@example.com.
- September 1: Opening exhibition for press and invited guests
- September 2: Opening exhibition to the public
- September 19: Literary caravan
- October 3: Lecture afternoon history jewish labor camps
- October 17: Literary caravan
- November 14: NHM vertelt interview Esther Göbel with Ellen Santen, location: Jewish Cultural Quarter, tickets
- November 21: Relatives' Day
Would you like to transfer photos, documents or other valuable material about Jewish labour camps in your possession to a museum or archive? Do you have a story related to this subject you would like to share?
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.