In 1942 the childcare centre on the street called Plantage Middenlaan in Amsterdam was used as a branch of the Hollandsche Schouwburg (The Dutch Theatre House). The centre was situated on the opposite side of the street and Jewish children were brought to it from the theatre building. The childcare centre director, Henriëtte Pimental, and the supervisor of the theatre, Walter Süskind, had contact with the resistance movement. Children were smuggled out of the childcare centre in various ways and were placed with foster families all over the Netherlands via a well-organised resistance network. In total, around 600 children were rescued via this childcare centre.