Photographer's Note

Amsterdam was very well known before the 2nd Worldwar as diamond-city. Diamonds were split and polished here and many of the skilled diamondworkers were Jews. That's why this industry collapsed during the German occupation and because of their hunting on the Jews.
The diamond-factories were built as real palaces and castles, as shown here. The foot of the pipe on the photo is of course a part of a steam-engine; all the individual polishing-systems (sometimes more than 300 in a factory) were driven by this huge central steam-engine. This factory is located on the Uilenburgerstraat, very near by the Rembrandthouse and the flea-market, which is also the the former Jewish quarter of Amsterdam. Rembrandt lived in the center. Here you find also the old synagogues and the Jewish museum, but also the Rembrandthouse.

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