I have done several blogs on Westerbork before. The reasons why I highlight Westerbork so much are.
- It was the place where most Dutch Jewish and Jewish Refugees passed through before being sent to extermination camps
- It had initially set up as a refugee center for Jews prior to the war.
- Although the death toll was much lower in Westerbork then in other camps ,i was also one of the most sinister camps.
It is the sinister aspect I want to go into here. The biggest crime comitted in Westerbork was that it gave those who were imprisoned there hope or rather false hope. It was a distraction to the real fate that awaited them.
The Dutch government established a camp at Westerbork in 1939 to intern Jewish refugees, mostly from Germany. The first refugees arrived in Westerbork in October of that year. In April 1940, there were approximately 750…
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