Right after the war, in 1946, a committee was created by former members of the resistance. Their motto: “Dat nooit meer…” (“Never again…”). Everyone has their own way of maintaining this spirit. The story of Amsterdam during the war can be told and remembered in many ways.
The Amsterdam 4 and 5 May committee coordinates a varied programme for people of Amsterdam and by people of Amsterdam, together with the municipality and hundreds of partners. For everyone who wants to know more about the war history of their own neighbourhood and for those who want to reflect on the past. Young or old, religious and non-religious, born in Amsterdam or ‘imported’: together we commemorate the victims, listen to stories in Open Joodse Huizen (Open Jewish Houses), Huizen van Verzet (Houses of Resistance), walk in silence past locations with memories of the war, experience the performances of Theater Na de Dam (Theater after the Dam), meet each other at Freedom meals, concerts, lectures, tours, and celebrate freedom by dancing at Freedom festivals. Each year we add new stories to the traditions of 4 and 5 May and stimulate conversations about issues that matter.