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Close to home this memorable spot, where was camp Westerbork. There is now a memorial center and is progressing with plans to renovate the ground. Countless times I've been here. Time and again
it is very impressive. A place to meditate about faith, the past and the future. Westerbork concentration camp (German: Durchgangslager Westerbork) was a World War II concentration camp in Hooghalen, ten kilometers north of Westerbork, in the northeastern Netherlands. Its function during the Second World War
was to assemble Roma and Dutch Jews for transport to other Nazi concentration camps.
In 1939, the Dutch government erected a refugee camp, Centraal Vluchtelingenkamp Westerbork, in which people--mostly from Germany, but also from Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, and mostly of Jewish
faith--were housed after they had tried in vain to escape Nazi terror in their homeland. During World War II, the Nazis used the facilities and turned it into a deportation camp for Jews, about 400 Gypsies and, in
the very end of the War, for some 400 women from the resistance movement. Between July 1942 and September 1944, almost every Tuesday a cargo train left for the concentration camps Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sobibór, Bergen-Belsen and Theresienstadt. In the period from 1942 to 1945, a total of 107,000 people passed through the camp on a total of 93 outgoing trains. Only 5,200 of them survived, most of them in
Theresienstadt or Bergen-Belsen, or liberated in Westerbork by the Canadians.

Each stone marks a deported person. Most are Jewish but there were also gypsies among them.

Each stone marks a deported person. Most are Jewish but there were also gypsies among them.

Former house of the camp commander Gemmeker. Albert Conrad Gemmeker the camp commander and his mistress Frau Hassel.
Former house of the camp commander Gemmeker. Albert Conrad Gemmeker the camp commander and his mistress Frau Hassel.
  Every Tuesday a train left Westerbork with destination Auschwitz, Sobibor or Theresienstadt concentrationcamp.
This shield was found on a train wagon.
This shield was found on a train wagon Every Tuesday a train left Westerbork with destination Auschwitz, Sobibor or Theresienstadt concentrationcamp.

This was how camp Westerbork looked like.

With other members of Documentationgroup '40-'45 we walked over the former camp area. Very impressive.
This was how camp Westerbork looked like. With other members of Documentationgroup '40-'45 we walked over the former camp area. Very impressive.
Part of the burned barracks, where Anne Frank had to get batteries from each other, is now seen in the exhibition space. I visited the new exhibition on 1 December 2009. This was the Westerbork barracks that was put on fire in the night of 18 to 19 July 2009 in Veendam. What a pity. I wish the procedure to obtain the barracks have had been shorter so this would not have happened.
Part of the burned barracks, where Anne Frank had to get batteries from each other, is now seen in the exhibition space. I visited the new exhibition on 1 December 2009. This was the Westerbork barracks that was put on fire in the night of 18 to 19 July 2009 in Veendam. What a pity. I wish the procedure to obtain the barracks have had been shorter so this would not have happened.
Sinterklaas 1943 at camp Westerbork.

Sinterklaas 1943 at camp Westerbork.

Departure from camp Westerbork. Crystal Night 1938.
Departure from camp Westerbork.

Crystal Night 1938.