The House of Gisèle

Castrum Peregrini, ‘the fortress of the pilgrim’, is the nom de guerre of a WWII safehouse in the city centre of Amsterdam. Driven by her beliefs of art and friendship artist Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht (1912 – 2013) helped young intellectuals and artists survive the war by offering them refuge in her house. Many parts of this canal house remain unchanged, making its history palpable. An old pianola that served as a hiding space, shelves full of poetry books, the original furniture and Gisèle’s countless collections tell a rich story of the entire twentieth century. The human values of the House of Gisèle have grown and deepened in post-war years. On this background, Chet-huis-van-gise%e2%95%a0cle-07-onlineastrum Peregrini has developed into a lively house which organises debates, publications and exhibitions. The heart remains the House of Gisèle; with its maze of rooms, corridors, stairways and surprising spaces it is living testimony to humanitarian spirit, civil courage and the life of Gisèle.

For a more detailed and differentiated history please see, a.o.:


Three Pillars of Castrum Peregrini


tile_Memory_Machine_h213w320Memory Machine is an ongoing public programme that centres around the cultural memory of society and individual identity. The lectures, exhibitions, publications and debates target creative producers, artists, students, teachers, academics and opinion leaders.

tile_Intellectual_Playground_h213w320Intellectual Playground is the title of an international think-tank of philosophers, political scientists and writers who share and collect knowledge. Regular meetings, residences, and publications form their discussions.

tile_The_House_of_Gisele_h213w320The House of Gisèle is a visitor centre in which the past literally becomes visible through its quarters, its furniture and its nature as a safehouse. The house tells dozens of stories about culture and humanity.


Unique place


This DNA makes Castrum Peregrini and the House of Gisèle a unique place, combining a heroic past with preshet-huis-van-gise%e2%95%a0cle-11-onlinesing social issues. In addition, it literally provides space for creative and engaged creators who believe in working together: the co-working space. Castrum Peregrini has an unequivocal belief in a society where nobody is excluded and that embraces diversity and equality as conditions for progress.


Organisational structure


Board of Directors
Michael Defuster (executive manager), Frans Damman (marketing), Lars Ebert (programme)

Judith Couvée (production), Bas Merkies (administration), Leon Laskus (ASF volunteer)

Supervisory Boardhet-huis-van-gise%e2%95%a0cle-10-online
Jan-Petrus Rozenbroek (chair), Ute Oelmann (secretary), Erik Somers (treasurer)

Board of Recommendation
Avrum Burg (chair), Marjan Schwegman, Ronny Naftaniel, Maya Meijer Bergmans, Job Cohen, Eric Fisscher

Research council
Prof. Rosemarie Buikema, University of Utrecht, NL (chair), Prof. Ernst van Alphen, Leiden University, NL, Prof. Aleida Assmann, Universität Konstanz, DE, Dr. Ursula Langkau-Alex, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, NL


Stichting Castrum Peregrini is een ‘Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling’
RSIN: 002963346

Raad van Toezicht (supervisory board) en Comité van aanbeveling (Board of Recommendation)  zijn onbezoldigd

Jaarverslag 2013
Jaarverslag 2014
Jaarverslag 2015

Financiele verslaggeving 2011en 2012
Financiele verslaglegging 2013 en 2014
Financiele verslaggeving 2014 en 2015

Strategic Focus – Beleidsplan 2016-19