Westerbork the Jewish refugee camp that became a concentration camp.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that Camp Westerbork was actually established as a refugee camp for Jews escaping the Nazi regime in Germany and Austria.and who had illegally entered the Netherlands. It was established by the Dutch government in the summer of 1939. In July 1942, the Nazis took over the campContinue reading “Westerbork the Jewish refugee camp that became a concentration camp.”

This building had once stabled 80 horses. There were 1,200 men in it, five to a bunk.

The title is a line from a report by Edward R. Murrow, a CBS radio news reporter.He  reported largely from Europe during World War II, and was the first reporter on scene following the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp The report was broadcast on  Sunday, April 15, 1945, in Studio B-4 of the BBC,Continue reading “This building had once stabled 80 horses. There were 1,200 men in it, five to a bunk.”

Holocaust Remembered

On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. UN Resolution 60/7 establishing 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future actsContinue reading “Holocaust Remembered”

Let the celebrations begin

Although most of Europe was liberated in September 1944 but the war was still raging in the pacific. The severe winter of 1944 in Europe also threw a spanner in the celebrations, since some parts were still occupied by the Germans. It was only on VE Day in May and Japan’s surrender in August ofContinue reading “Let the celebrations begin”

Liberation of Geleen-Sept 18 1944-When no shot was fired.

On September 18,1944 my hometown Geleen was liberated. Geleen is a town in the south east of the Netherlands in the province of Limburg situated in the most narrow part of the Province in between Belgium and Germany. The liberation actually happened by chance. The Germans did hide behind several objects, ready to take onContinue reading “Liberation of Geleen-Sept 18 1944-When no shot was fired.”

When liberation came too late

For many the joy of being freed from the brutal Nazi regime was short lived. After the concentration camps were liberated the deaths didn’t stop straight away. British forces liberated concentration camps in northern Germany, including Neuengamme and Bergen-Belsen. They entered the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, near Celle, in mid-April 1945. Some 60,000 prisoners, most inContinue reading “When liberation came too late”

The liberation of the Netherlands

On 4 May 1945 at Lüneburg Heath, east of Hamburg, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery accepted the unconditional surrender of the German forces in the Netherlands. On 08:00 AM on the 5th of May 1945 the Netherlands is officially liberated, although the Southern provinces had already been liberated by September 1944. Below are photographsContinue reading “The liberation of the Netherlands”

The Liberation of Breda

This day 72 years ago the city of Breda is liberated by the 1st Polish Armoured Division. led by General Stanislav Maczek. A picture sometimes tells a thousand words, therefore below some pictures of that day 29 October 1944. Dutch Resistance fighters armed with captured German weapons celebrate the liberation of Breda by the Polish 1stContinue reading “The Liberation of Breda”

The Liberation of Maastricht

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Maastricht, the first city in the Netherlands to be liberated from the Germans. Due to the fact that the small village of Wyck,nowadays a suburb of Maastricht) had been liberated on the 13th of September by 117 Old Hickory, the commander of the 353rd division,General PaulContinue reading “The Liberation of Maastricht”

The Liberation of Mesch-the Netherlands

This day marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Mesch. The first village in the Netherlands to be liberated. It was more than three months after the Normandy landings when the men of the Thirtieth Infantry Division, Old Hickory, commanded by Captain Kent, crossed the Dutch-Belgian border at ten o’clock in the morning onContinue reading “The Liberation of Mesch-the Netherlands”