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From its establishment in 1932, the Jewish Historical Museum has crossed diverse stages, throughout which their place of operation and its collection varied remarkably. Today, this unique museum in the world, counts on a great heap of pieces and documents related to the evolution of the Jewish life through time.
Originally, the Jewish Historical Museum was inaugurated in the Weigh House, a located medieval building in Nieuwmarkt. There they occupied a room in the last floor of the Historical Museum of Amsterdam, and over the years the space that belonged to them extended until they got to count on the complete floor.
In 1987 the doors of the museum, this time in the complex of four synagogs in Jonas Daniël Meijerplein reopened. From 1943, these temples were not used like sacred places. When finishing World War II, each building had been sacked and it was in them the furniture not even. The works of recovery and spare part were intense and rendered fruits. In 1989, the museum received the Prize European Consul by its modern adaptation of the historical architecture.
During the Second War, the museum had to stop working, and great part of its collection was confiscated. Very little it could recover after the conflagration. The recovered objects constitute religious pieces mainly. Finished the war, nevertheless, the museum began to put emphasis in the history and the culture of the Jews of German origin. Part of the new collection is constituted by documents of the times military.
Works of artists judeo-German and nonJewish artists who treat related subjects have their place in the museum. An exhibition referred to the commerce and the industry took to that many visitors donated objects and documents of Jews involved in these activities in Germany. Personal history also is contemplated: letters, newspapers, recorded photos, interviews, personal pictures and articles testify the events lived by numerous families, and offer an authentic vision of an historical period.
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