Last spring I took a walking tour in Amsterdam covering the Jewish experience in the city during the Nazi occupation. Ben de Jong, a retired history professor, from Historywalks was our guide. What a sobering tour! He walks you through the vibrant city pointing to houses, parks, and squares where truly horrific things happened during the war. See that park where the kids are playing this morning? That's where the Germans rounded up the first group of Jews to send to the death camps. See that nice B&B where you're staying? That's where a family of collaberators lived. Behold Dam Square where the drunken tourists party at night! This is also where German snipers fired on locals who were celebrating the arrival of the Canadian troops and an end to their nightmare.
I loved this tour, but it's not for everyone. But if you like to walk in the footsteps of history, don't miss it.