10 October, 2006

Dutch Resistance Museum

Rembrandt in the propaganda 1940-1945

29 June - 3 December 2006

Discover how Rembrandt was exploited by the German occupying forces during World War II as a symbol of the national-socialistic culture. Both his independent mind and common strength were highlighted as national-socialistic features. During the war, a Rembrandt film, opera and stamps were made in the Netherlands and even a Rembrandt day was introduced. This exhibition conveys how the most famous Dutch painter of all times was implemented in political propaganda.



Due to the persecution of the Jews, Amsterdam lost 60.000 of its Jewish residents; almost one-tenth of the city's entire population. During the Hunger Winter 5.000 Amsterdam residents died of hunger and cold.

During the first years resistance was almost non existent; the occupation seemed to be tolerable and most citizens awaited coming events. However, terror increased and consequently the resistance became more organised. What happened in Amsterdam during the war years and what marks did the war leave in the streets of Amsterdam?

Persecution and resistance, published by the Dutch Resistance Museum, makes you discover just that, with a walk from the Anne Frank House to the Dutch Resistance Museum.

It describes where special events took place during the war. The full colour pocket booklet of 18 pages with a fold out map is very informative and richly illustrated.

The English and Dutch edition (each 0.50 €) are available at the Anne Frank House, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Dutch Resistance Museum. The route can be followed in both directions or by tram.

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