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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we’re in Amsterdam, learning about a badass woman who championed queer folx and provided a safe haven throughout World War II via her quirky bar in the red light district.

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Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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