A story of human courage, compassion, endurance and resilience
During the Second World War, the Breeplein Church in Rotterdam South harboured a secret: three Jewish families were in hiding in the two attics high on both sides of the organ. What began, in their mind, as a temporary shelter for six weeks became a refuge for three years. The story of the Breeplein Church is one of courage, hope and trust, a story full of wonders… the birth of a perfectly healthy baby, and, during a raid three weeks before the liberation, the fact that the families were not discovered.
Curious about the full story? Read the book The Organ Attics – People in hiding in the Breeplein Church in Rotterdam, written by Anja Matser.
Guided tours resumed
The Organ Attics is open again and the guided tours in the Breeplein Church are resumed! The threat posed by the pandemic over the past two years has virtually disappeared. “That’s why we dare to do it,” said the board of the Rotterdam Organ Attics Foundation.
The official start of the new season will take place on Liberation Day 5 May.
The tours will follow a fixed pattern. After the welcome, the guide will recount and present the story of the three Jewish couples who were in hiding for more than a thousand days during the Second World War, high in the Breeplein Church, in the attics behind the organ. The sexton’s and pastor’s families cared for them, assisted by many others. Everyone involved survived the war.
Up the ladder
Accompanied by the assistant guides, the story will be followed by a walk through the church, including climbing the ladder to one of the attics (not for people with mobility issues). Both the guide and the assistant guides can answer questions about the wonderful story of the Breeplein Church.
Until the beginning of the summer holidays
The schedule for the next series of tours will run until the beginning of the summer holidays. As we did previously, separate days have been reserved for school classes and groups of students. These will be the Wednesday mornings. The guide on duty will agree the timing with the teacher or the school principal. The tours are suitable for students from group 7 upwards.
In addition, the attics will be open twice for individuals as also for small groups. This will be on the first Saturday of the months of June and July. A maximum of 30 people can visit at any one time. Reservation is necessary. Please refer to the Tours page on this website for further information.
After that, the attics will be closed until September. At the end of August, the foundation will publish the schedule for the last four months of this year.
Wednesday 5 May, Liberation Day, 13.00 and 15.00. Everyone is welcome, reservations are not necessary.
All Wednesday mornings from 11 May to 29 June, exclusively for pupils/students and their supervisors. Book via this website, on the Tours page
Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register via the website, on the Tours page.
Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register via the website, on the Tours page.
Schools/training institutes pay 45 euros for 30 pupils/students, including a supervisor. One euro will be charged for each additional person. Payment by bank transfer after confirmation of the visit.
All other visitors pay 10 euros per person upon entering the church via a debit card. Cash payments are not possible.