Film: No Return  13 April until 31 December 2013

Educational film in the Hollandsche Schouwburg

enkelereisThe educational film No return: Sixteen months of deportation from the Hollandsche Schouwburg describes the period from 20 July 1942 to 19 November 1943 when the building was a centre for the detention and deportation of Jews.

This is the first documentary on this subject to feature not only photographs, diaries, personal documents, and film footage but, above all, interviews with those who experienced these events first-hand. The recently completed project Two Thousand Witnesses Tell Their Stories, part of the Shoah Visual History Archive, proved to be a rich source of recollections of those sixteen months. This archive of eyewitness testimonies was assembled on the initiative of Steven Spielberg. The music accompanying the film is by Jewish composers, including some who were deported by way of the Hollandsche Schouwburg.

This film had its premiere at a time of year when the country was looking back on the horrors of the Second World War. In Dutch public discourse, we often see that commemoration and recollection of the past bring deep emotions to the surface. The Jewish Cultural Quarter is contributing to that public discourse by making commemoration interactive and individual, and by bringing it into the home. The Hollandsche Schouwburg is moving towards a new role as the National Shoah Museum and Centre.

You can view the film No return all year round at the Hollandsche Schouwburg.