Today in lecture we learned about the Holocaust. It was a great review in the lecture about the Holocaust. For example, how it started, why it started, and why is it important to always remember it happened. I learned today that the Netherlands was hopeless during the world war 2. That they didn’t have enough resources to fight off the Germans and because of that, there were many casualties. After the lecture, we visited a couple of museums that are dedicated to world war two and the harm that caused the Jewish community in the Netherlands. The first museum we visited is the Jewish Historical Museum. The first hallway it shows you how Germans took over the Netherlands and then throughout the museum it shows how it affected the Jewish community. One section that got my attention was the way how people in the resistance would make fake documents to give to Jews so they can leave the country. It was cool to see the tools, and how exactly they made the documents and how the museum compared the two, so you can see if you can see the difference between the two documents.
After that museum, we went to the Resistance Museum there I got to hear four stories of children who were affected by the war. One of them was a Jewish girl named (Eva), a boy named (Jan) whose father was part of the resistance, another girl named Nelly whose parents were part of the Nazis party, and another boy named Hennk whose parents were neutral. Hearing Eva story was very sad to hear but compelling at the same time. For example, it was heartbreaking to understand how there wasn’t any food in the consternation camps, and when they gave them food it was stale bread, soup with really nothing in it, and coffee, but it tasted like dirt. However, it was compelling to hear how strong she and her mother was during their time in the concentration camps. They both were very ill, and they almost died, but they pushed through and were able to survive that horrible event. It was also, sad to hear that the Jewish girl’s father and brother did not survive and were killed.
Once, we were done in the Resistance Museum we went to the Anne Frank’s House, I was super excited to go here because I read her book and her story inspired me. Going through her house and seeing some of the quotes from her diary on the walls of the house made it more real for me of what she and her family went through. Finally reaching the Annex and seeing the tiny space all these people lived in for two years, I couldn’t believe how they were able to fit all in there and how they were able to survive two years without going insane. It was super touching and sweet to read how her father brought all her posters, pictures, and postcards for her to decorate her room in the annex. It was also, cute how Anne Frank did put all her posters, pictures, and postcards on the walls of her room to feel more like at home. Going through the whole museum and also hearing others talking about Anne Frank and the impact her Diary brought to the world was the most touching thing in the entire museum. Anne Frank was 16 years old, and with her Diary she was able to tell her story, and also the truth about world war 2. Moreover, she was able to show everyone in the world what every Jew had to go through during that time, and how many other young teens like Anne Frank also had the unfortunate fate like hers. Today was a massive day because of the topic. However, it was worth going to all these museums and learning the stories. I highly recommend visiting at least one of these museums when visiting Amsterdam.