“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands


Gisèle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 17, 2017
1. Gisèle Marker
Von 1940 tot 2013 leefde en werkte
hier de kunstenares
Ze bood onbaatzuchtig onderdak
aan vervolgden van de
naziterreur. In dit huis leeft
haar geest verder.


(English translation:) From 1940 to 2013 here lived and worked the artist, Gisele. She selflessly offered accommodation to those persecuted by the Nazi terror. In this house her spirit lives on.
Erected 2016.
Location. 52° 22.072′ N, 4° 53.222′ E. Marker is in Amsterdam, North Holland. Marker is at the intersection of Herengracht and Beulingstraat, on the right when traveling north on Herengracht. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Herengracht 401, Amsterdam, North Holland 1017 BP, Netherlands. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keizersgracht 456-462 Residences (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Taeke Ferwerda and Siebren van der Baan Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); John Adams (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Pietro Antonio Locatelli

Gisèle Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 17, 2017
2. Gisèle Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here about 2 meters above the sidewalk, mounted to the building, between the two staircases.
(approx. half a kilometer away); Dr. Evert Van Dieren (approx. half a kilometer away); Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsarchief / Amsterdam City Archives (approx. half a kilometer away); Elisabeth van Oostenrijk / Empress Elisabeth of Austria (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Doelentoren (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amsterdam.
Also see . . .
1. Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht (Wikipedia). "Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht (1912-2013), also known by the mononym Gisèle, was a Dutch visual artist. During World War II, she operated a safe house out of her home for a group of young Jewish people in Amsterdam....In 1940, van Waterschoot rented a small apartment on the third floor of the building Herengracht 401 in central Amsterdam. Soon after, the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands began. For the duration of the war, van Waterschoot secretly housed several people in her apartment including Wolfgang Frommel (a German poet, who was not Jewish), Jewish teenager Claus Victor Bock, Jewish writer Friedrich W. Buri, and others. While in hiding, the group of artists and writers codenamed their shelter "Castrum
Dutch artist Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht image. Click for full size.
Harry Pot (courtesy of the Nationaal Archief NL, via Wikimedia Commons, under CC license 1.0), September 3, 1957
3. Dutch artist Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht
Peregrini" and covertly studied art and literature. The members of the group survived the war. After the end of World War II, van Waterschoot bought the apartment building to convert to a single home where she lived and worked on and off for the rest of her life. She later donated the building to the Castrum Peregrini foundation, which operates as a cultural center." (Submitted on January 14, 2020.) 

2. Onderduikadres aan Herengracht opengesteld voor publiek (YouTube, 2016, in Dutch, 2 min.). Short newsclip in Dutch on the opening of the house to the public, with interior shots, an explanation of how Gisèle hid various artists during WW II, and a quick shot of the unveiling of the marker at the end. (Submitted on January 14, 2020.) 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicWar, World IIWomen

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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