One of the churches in Amsterdam–“Westerkerk“– was important for me to see because of its proximity to the Anne Frank House. It was built between 1619-1631 as a Reformed church.
One of my favorite things about this church is the fact that is has a carillon (a musical instrument of bells) such as the one that I played at the University of Kansas. Anne Frank spoke often in her diary about the comfort of the bells from that tower, while her family was hiding there during World War II.
Anne also spoke of seeing the tower and clock from the attic of the annex they hid in. I can see why this tower and its music and keeping of time would be such a comfort for them. It’s extremely painful to me, to think that Anne was not able to walk out onto these streets, ride her bike, or have the freedom and happy life she should’ve had, which was taken from her by the Nazi occupation and Holocaust. Next week I’ll share about our tour of the Anne Frank hiding home.
We were able to take a quick peek inside the church, and it’s beautiful! But oh, how much I would love to play its carillon! You can see an example in the video below — wait for it — you will see a live performance just like I was able to do when I lived near our World War II Carillon in Lawrence, Kansas. Really special!