Based on historical and auto-biographical facts

Length: 70 minutes / with or without musical arrangement

Age: 10 to 110

More information: The storyteller of Amsterdam


Karel Baracs vividly paints the story of Hester and Pauline, two Dutch girls, who in june 1943 risked their lives as part of an operation to rescue Jewish children imprisoned by the Nazi’s in a former nursery. Some eighty children survived the war through the efforts of Hester, Pauline and other like-minded Amsterdammers.
The local tram line 8 plays a dramatic role in this episode of Amsterdam’s history – and in that of Karel himself.



                                                                                            Tram 8 round 1930. (Courtesy to the City Archives Amsterdam)


Professional storyteller Karel Baracs (Amsterdam, 1950) brings the history of his home town to life. In 2008 Mr. Baracs was officially announced as the City Storyteller. He received a Royal honour for his storytelling work in 2012.

Karel Baracs is regularly accompanied by Jochem Braat (keyboards) and Floris van der Vlugt (wind instruments). Pianist Jochem Braat (1988) studied at the conservatories of Amsterdam, Rome and Utrecht (Master Jazz / Pop piano). Jochem played with Han Bennink, Corrie van Binsbergen, Wilbert de Joode, Konrad Kosselick, Michael Moore and Wolter Wierbos. He has been performing in venues across Europe and Asia. Website: Jochem

Saxophonist / clarinettist Floris van der Vlugt (1981) studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory and plays in many bands, including Wicked Jazz Sounds Amsterdam Jazz Orchestra and ‘Windkracht 7. Website: Floris

The music for the performance was composed by Gilian Baracs (1978).