The Hollandsche Schouwburg as a place of remembrance
from 1945 to now
What should happen to the Hollandsche Schouwburg after the war? What kind of destination should such a notorious place have? These questions were central to dealing with the building after the war. And that at a time when little attention was paid to the persecution of the Jews, to the suffering of the victims and survivors, and in which reconstruction and looking ahead was the motto. After the war, the theater still had a commercial destination, was then neglected and demolished. In 1962 it became a monument and a place to commemorate.
Hans Krieg: Where did the Jews of our Amsterdam stay?
Conductor and composer Hans Krieg (1899-1961) wrote in 1947 a melancholy song about the disappeared Jewish community of Amsterdam. The first verse:
‘In Amsterdam, a neighborhood is very deserted. The houses are empty and rotting again.
The streets are so quietly full of gaping holes. Where are the people? Do I never see them again?
Where are the hawkers with fruits and flowers and where is the voddeman, who always came.
Where are the tens of thousands here not to mention. Where are the Jews of us Amsterdam? ”
Only in 2010 did his daughter discover the sheet music in his legacy.
Feasts and parties
After the Second World War, the Schouwburg opened at the Plantage Middenlaan as a kind of hall rental under the name Piccadilly. The building was owned by the brothers Linthorst, who had bought the building in 1944. J.P. Senff operated the building and rented it for parties, parties, weddings and meetings. The city of Amsterdam occasionally stumbled on this: too festive gatherings were not appropriate in this place and the municipality forbade it.
In 1946, the Zuid-Nederlands Toneel received permission to enter the Theater. They planned to hold a theater performance, and many protests arose. Also director Eduard Veterman and conductor Hans Krieg, self-surviving, did not want to cooperate. While they were just involved in the intended stage performance, Oranje Hotel. That is why the Zuid-Nederlands Toneel did not want to use the theater. Mayor d’Ailly decided to no longer grant permission for public meetings. Private companies could still go there.