The remarkable collection of Heinz Keijser

Rattles! Rattles! Rattles!

17 December 2021 - 6 June 2022

What moves someone to dedicate his life to collecting hundreds of rattles?

Before the war, Heinz Keijser led a full, active and creative life, surrounded by artists, photographers and theater makers. After the war there is little left of it. The constant fleeing, going into hiding and the loss of loved ones has traumatized him. The search for a miniature rattle gives him new fulfillment in life.

In 1947 Keijser buys a miniature rattle for his pregnant wife Eva Loeb. When the baby is born lifeless, Heinz gives the rattle away, much to Eva’s chagrin. He is looking for the same copy. This search for one rattle eventually leads to a unique collection of 900 rattles from all times and corners of the world, ranging from precious ones made of gold and silver to rattles made of bone, wood and plastic.

Collecting gives Heinz something to hold on to in his life. His collection becomes famous and attracts visitors from all over the world. So far he still fulfills the deep wish to give meaning and meaning to his existence after the Holocaust.

The exhibition Rattles! Rattles! Rattles! takes you along the fascinating and eventful life of Heinz Keijser, his remarkable collection and the connection between them. Why do people collect? What do you collect? And why?

Image: Heinz Keijser. Photographer: Cas Oorthuys




This exhibition can be seen in the Jewish Museum, Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 in Amsterdam.


With an admission ticket you can visit all exhibitions of all locations of the Jewish Cultural Quarter. You also have free access to all events (unless stated otherwise). Museum card holders do not need to purchase an entrance ticket.


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