Welcome to the Organ Attics

One of the two atticks

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.

Programme from MAX, tonight on TV

The real experience awaits you shortly

The documentary “Het Achterhuis van Rotterdam” (the Secret Annex of Rotterdam) will be shown by Omroep Max on TV tonight, Wednesday the 14th of December 2022 (NPO2, 20.35 hours).

The story of the Jewish families who sought refuge in the Breeplein Church for more than a thousand days will be recounted by people who are closely involved with the Organ Attics.  They recount the story of courage and humanity, of trust and hope.

The real experience

Would you like to visit the Organ Attics in real life?  You can!

On Wednesday 28th of December 2022 we have two extra guided tours planned, at 11 hours and at 14.00 hours.

You can book these tours on the orgelzolders.nl website.

Entrance fee 12.50 euros per person.

You can pay at the entrance of the Breeplein Church with your bank card.  We cannot accept cash payments.

Breeplein Church
Entrance on Van Malsenstraat 104
3074 PZ Rotterdam.

Organ attics is looking for a new webmaster

The webmaster for the Organ Attics website, Liedia van de Mortel, has decided to stop her volunteer work for the foundation. 

In the year that Liedia has maintained and kept our website up and running and fed the Facebook page, we realise that the foundation cannot do without such a professional. Liedia has substantially enhanced the website with privacy policy and cookie settings, made it possible for our customers to pay online, etc.

We are looking for a successor (man or woman).

The webmaster is a member of the communication team, which meets once a month on average. Keeping the site and Facebook page up-to-date takes a maximum of  eight hours a week.

Do you have an affinity with the work of the Organ Attics Foundation, are technically qualified and would like to join its group of volunteers? Then please send an email to the coordinator at: info@orgelzolders.nl.
Let us know your name, address and telephone number, your age, and your experience with maintaining websites.

Rotterdam, 24 August 2022

Guided tours in the autumn 
The guided tours of the Orgelzolders in the Breepleinkerk Rotterdam South will resume in September.
The tours will follow a fixed pattern. After the welcome, the guide will present the story of the three Jewish couples who, during the Second World War, were in hiding for more than a thousand days, high in the attics behind the organ of the Breeplein Church. The families of the sexton and the pastor took care of them, assisted by many others. Everyone involved survived the war.

Up the ladder
Accompanied by the assistant guides, the presentation will be followed by a walk through and around the church, including climbing the ladder to one of the attics (for those who can do this).

For school classes and groups of students
A few mornings will be reserved for school classes and groups of students.
The guide on duty will agree the timing of the tours with the teacher or the school principal.
Please book these tours via this link: https://orgelzolders.nl/en/guided-tours-for-educational-institutes/

For other interested individuals
In addition, the attics will be open to the public on the first Saturday of every month. Start tour 11.00 am.
A maximum of 30 people will be able to participate in each tour.
Please book these tours via this link: https://orgelzolders.nl/en/guided-tours-for-individuals/

For groups of more than ten people
Groups of more than ten people will also be welcome, except on the first saturday of the month. Guided tours for them will depend on the availability of (assistant) guides and the Breeplein Church.
Our coordinator will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you (e-mail: info@orgelzolders.nl).

Entrance fees
Primary schools pay 45 euros for 30 pupils and one or more supervisors.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or with a debit card at the entrance of the Breeplein Church.

Secondary and higher education schools  pay 75 euros for 30 students and a supervisor.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or with a debit card at the entrance of the Breeplein Church.

All other visitors pay 12,50 euros per person, with a debit card, at the entrance of the church. Unfortunately we cannot accept cash payments.

See you at the Organ Attics!