The nursery (De crèche)

Henriëtte Henriquez PimentelRight across the street from the Hollandsche Schouwburg, at number 31 Plantage Middenlaan, there was a nursery, or day care centre, for small children. Set up in 1924, its official name was 'Vereeniging Zuigelingen-Inrichting en Kinderhuis' (The Associated Nursery and Children's Home). In 1926 Henriëtte Pimentel was appointed director. Both Jewish and non-Jewish children attended the nursery and the staff was also mixed. The nursery offered a course in child care, and young women could live in whilst following this training. During World War II, after a German ordinance was issued in 1941, non-Jewish staff had to be dismissed.