Dark tourism has increasingly attracted those with a curiosity for history, a desire to understand past sufferings, and a need to pay tribute to those who endured them. As a form of travel that takes visitors to sites of tragedy, dark tourism plays a significant role in Jewish cultural travel. These journeys help to preserve collective memory, recount resilience, and teach enduring lessons that stem from the darkest chapters of Jewish history. World Jewish Travel offers Jewish cultural travelers the opportunity to engage with history authentically and intimately through its Dark Tourism page, featuring destinations where visitors can explore important historical sites, memorials, museums, and tours such as a 7-Day Portugal Jewish tour, a Spanish Inquisition & Madrid Tour, the Anne Frank House, and recent additions from Black Saturday such as Hostages Square and a private tour of the Sderot, the Nova Festival Site, and the Gaza Envelope.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Jewish history is ingrained in the very cobblestones of Amsterdam, and communities of both Sephardim and Ashkenazim have called this city home for nearly five hundred years. The city has produced some of the most well known Jewish writers, artists, intellectuals, and politicians in the world. In addition to its rich history, Amsterdam also has a thriving Jewish cultural life from its restaurants to its museums.
Sephardi and Ashkenazi: The Jewish Cultural Communities of Amsterdam
Jews arrived in Amsterdam at varying times in the city’s history. The first community that came were the Sephardim from Spain, Portugal and the Ottoman Empire. When Spain began to introduce laws expelling the Jews during the 13th century, the Netherlands became a safe haven for...