The Portuguese Jewish Hospital
And suddenly I felt two arms around my shoulders and heard someone say: ’Nurse Rood, nurse Rood’.
In 1916 The Portuguese Jewish Hospital moved to a building by architect Harry Elte. On the façade there was a pelican feeding its young, the symbol of the Portuguese-Jewish community.
During the war, Jewish men from mixed marriages were sterilized in this hospital. In 1943 a large number of patients were deported.
After liberation, the hospital cared for camp survivors. Subsequently the Joodse Invalide [Jewish nursing home] was established in the building and was called Beth Shalom (the house of peace).