In this conversation, we will concentrate on the Jewish presence in Amsterdam, a compelling and fascinating story spanning 500 hundred years of history. From the settlement of Sephardic Jews from Spain in the 1580s to the tragedies of World War Two, this talk takes us through the stories connected with the extremely influential Jewish communities of Amsterdam.
Not necessarily a holocaust tour (Sabry Amroussi believes the Jewish presence in Amsterdam is a story in 500 years of history, rather than focusing on those 5 years) this seminar leaves you with a profound understanding of what it was and is to be Jewish in Amsterdam, and how these proud communities were an integral part of life in Mokum (Hebrew for place or safe haven, and also the de facto nickname for Amsterdam.).
Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer living and working in Amsterdam. He specializes in the art of the Dutch Golden Age, mainly in the works of Rembrandt and his school, and has a keen interest in the Jewish history of Amsterdam. He lectures and teaches on both subjects and gives art historical tours all across Europe. As a true omnivore when it comes to art, culture, and even cuisine, he has worked with and for major museums and collectors, such as the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, van Gogh Museum and the P de Boer collection in Amsterdam. As a guide for Context, he is eager to share this knowledge in real life, always with a big scoop of humor, ofter intermingling art with social life, cuisine, and history.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.