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"The pain we suffered as children never subsides. The history of the creche should never be lost. It has to be told over and over."

— Salo Muller (1936-present)

"This story should not be forgotten. Two people risked their lives to save me as a toddler. Fortunately, they succeeded. I survived and they did, too. One was Jewish, and worked for the creche, the other was non-Jewish."

— Esther Barendse-Boas (1942-present)

"At age three, I was one of 600 children who, during the second world war, were rescued from certain death by the incredibly courageous women and men who were connected with the Creche in Amsterdam. These men and women all had one common aspiration, which was that they could not stand back and do nothing while children were being murdered. Courage and defiance against tyranny should be recognized worldwide."

— Leo Vogel (1940- present)

"During the last round of raids, my parents were taken and they tried to hide me at my cousin's, but I was reported missing and taken to the creche. I was in the crèche for weeks in 1943. I was four at the time, and I was sick. Unlike many children that were smuggled out, I stayed there because my grandfather was one of the Presidents of the Jewish Council. I was too well-known to 'disappear'. I've been told that I was sent onto Westerbork as a threat to my grandfather, in spite of the fact that I had a sign next to my bed saying "Nicht Transportfähig" meaning "Not fit for Transport." I want the world to know about the brave women, and a few men at the creche, so they can be remembered and honored."

— Frank Diamand, filmmaker/poet/ director of "When Memory comes, a film about Saul Friedländer"


When Dutch Jews were rounded up for deportation to concentration camps, in the Netherlands in 1942, a plan was hatched to sneak hundreds of Jewish children out of a Jewish daycare to safety with “foster families” in the countryside. From survivors’ stories to rescue workers’ heroic tales, this well-organized resistance movement is the hidden history of World War II heroes and heroines during the Holocaust.



Your financial support of this documentary will help reframe the Holocaust narrative from victimhood to heroism. Angels of Amsterdam is a film that combats the new wave of global antisemitism by highlighting those who risked, and in many cases gave, their lives in the face of peril.

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Eric J. Adams, Director

Sleeperwave Films. Award-winning producer, director, screenwriter, and investigative journalist.


Ulrika Grünwald Citron, Executive Producer

Daughter of Crèche survivor; active in several non-profit organizations, including the USC Shoah Foundation, the UJA of New York, and the National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam.


Susan B.Katz, Producer/Writer

Award-winning, bestselling, Spanish-bilingual author; Founder and Executive Director of Connecting Authors, a national education non-profit.


Esther Shaya, Producer/Writer

Crèche expert; interviewed on radio and TV as a guest speaker about the crèche on numerous occasions in the Netherlands, U.S., and Australia.


Mitch Albom, Executive Producer

NYT Bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Stranger in the Lifeboat.

Angels of Amsterdam Film Advisory Board


Professor Emile Schrijver

General Director of the Jewish Cultural Quarter (including Jewish Museum, Portuguese Synagogue, Holocaust memorial site, and National Holocaust Museum) in Amsterdam


Dr. Stephen D. Smith

Executive Chairman and co-founder of StoryFile, the world's first AI conversational video platform. Stephen is an international speaker, oral historian, author, and the Executive Director Emeritus of USC Shoah Foundation, the archive founded by Steven Spielberg to document the Holocaust and genocide.


Dr. Maria Zalewska

Nonprofit executive, Holocaust educator, media scholar, and author. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation. Maria was born and raised in Warsaw. Her great-grandfather was killed in Auschwitz.


Liesbeth van der Horst

General Director of the Resistance Museum, Amsterdam. Associated with the Resistance Museum since 1989, she curated the permanent exhibition, which opened in 1999. She became the As museum Director in 2005, she added a permanent exhibition about the Dutch colonies to the museum. In 2013, Van der Horst realized an extension of the museum with a children's department. She is currently working on renewing the now 23-year-old permanent exhibition with her team.


Jack Kliger

President & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Jack Kliger was born in Florence, Italy to Polish and Hungarian Holocaust survivors before emigrating with his family to Brooklyn as a young child. Kliger was named President & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in 2019 after 13 years of service on its Board of Trustees and oversaw the opening of its groundbreaking exhibition, Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.

Lisa Leff

Lisa Leff

A historian of European and Jewish history, specializing in the history of Jews in France, Lisa is the author of Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in Nineteenth Century France (2006), Colonialism and the Jews (2017) and The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust (2015), which received the 2016 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature. She was named American University's 2017 Scholar-Teacher of the Year.

Steven T Katz

Steven T. Katz

Founding Director of the EWCJS, is an expert in modern Jewish thought and comparative mysticism. The first of a three-volume study on the Holocaust in Historical Context appeared in 1994. Katz is the editor of the journal Modern Judaism. He has held fellowships and lectured at universities all over the world, including Australia, China, England, Israel, and South Africa. In December 2010 he was appointed Academic Adviser to the International Task Force on the Holocaust, sponsored by the European Union. In 2011-2012, he was the Levine Invitational Fellow at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. The teaches the following courses in Jewish Studies: Introduction to Judaism, The Holocaust, Introduction to Classical Jewish History, Judaism in the Modern Period, and Jewish Mysticism.

Dr. Shira Klein

Dr. Shira Klein

Associate Professor of History & Department Chair Fellow, Chapman University focuses on Italian Jewry, Jewish migration, and the Holocaust. Her book Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) was selected as a finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award and is under contract to be published in Hebrew. Dr. Klein also works in the digital humanities, especially the study of Wikipedia. Her co-authored article “Wikipedia’s Intentional Distortion of the History of the Holocaust” in the Journal of Holocaust Research has surpassed 44,000 views and has attracted international media coverage. It is under contract to be translated into Polish and Hebrew. Dr. Klein has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, USC Shoah Foundation, and the Barbieri Endowment.

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