Dutch courage can land you a bargain

AMSTERDAMíS fabled Jewish market, which opened in 1893 on Waterloo Square, came to a tragic end in the Holocaust when the Nazis and their collaborators murdered nearly all the Jews who lived locally.

But the spirit of Waterloo Square, and the Jewish peddlers who once bought and sold odd lots in many cities, can still be found elsewhere in Amsterdam ó if you know where to look.

Today, it dwells inside a tennis court-sized warehouse owned by a 41-year-old Jewish businessman named Gideon Italiaander, who started a successful chain of Dutch thrift stores.

A high school dropout from a family traumatised by the Holocaust, Italiaander heads one of the Dutch capitalís most popular home design shops, which thrived during the Covid-19 pandemic largely because of donations by its loyal customer base.

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