Westerbork transit camp was first constructed by the Dutch government in 1939 in order to house Jewish refugees fleeing Germany and Austria. Ironically it was taken over by the Nazis and from July 1942 to September 1944 it incarcerated Dutch
Jews who were then transported to various death camps. In all 97,776 Jews were sent to the east. (Auschwitz 60 K, Sobibor 34 K, Bergen-Belsen 5K ) with some unspecified number going to the Theresienstadt ghetto.
Living conditions within the camp were kept tolerable in order to not arouse fear and panic. A number of well-known Jews were imprisoned here, including Anne Frank and her sister.
In April of 1945 the camp was liberated by Canadian troops, the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Eight hundred and seventy-six prisoners were released. Immediately after the war the camp housed alleged collaborators.
A Museum is 2 Km to the west and a radio telescope runs along the south edge of the site. It is hoped that my markers will explain some of the many photographs of the area.
(This site was marked by Scuderia (2005), Kite Surfer (2009) and Pretorious (2006))
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