There is a lot of history to be found in Amsterdam as regards to the Second World War and one of the places where that information can be found in is the Dutch Resistance Museum Amsterdam.
It is common knowledge that the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany from the 14th of May 1940 to the 5th of May 1945 and that almost every Dutch person was affected by the consequences of this forceful occupation.
Known locally as ‘De Verzetsmuseum’, the Dutch Resistance Museum Amsterdam sheds light on those who took up resistance. Resistance in that period of time had many forms. From forging of documents to espionage, helping people go into hiding (like in the case of Anne Frank), underground newspapers to keep the populace informed and even finding escape routes. The museum documents a variety of these activities in a thoughtful and moving way. They show the resistance of the Dutch to the Nazis with the use of pictures, films and artifacts.
The exhibition takes visitors into the past – to the World War II period. It tells a story in chronological order from approximately 1930 to 1950. The information is offered in various ‘layers’ as visitors are presented with an overall picture of a rather quiet Dutch society in the thirties, experience the sudden and unexpected German invasion. They gradually begin to discover both the oppression and resistance intensify as the years go by.
The exhibition shows streets and walls full of photos as this helps with bringing the climate of the war years to life. The authentic objects, photos and documents, films and sound fragments, tell the history of people who lived through that period – what they endured, how they suffered and most importantly, how they resisted.
Information in the museum is presented in both Dutch and English, although there is a possibility for visitors to get audio guides (available in Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish) for more in-depth information. The museum’s staff are also always happy to share stories and give extra information to visitors.
A visit to Amsterdam is definitely not complete without a visit to the Dutch Resistance Museum Amsterdam. It is eye-opening, humbling and also an emotional experience. The Dutch Resistance Museum Amsterdam is totally worth a visit.