29 april 2017

Westerbork Memorial Centre

We recently visited the Westerbork Memorial Center ('Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork'), that tells about everything that happened in the nearby World War II refugee, detention and transit 'camp Westerbork'. The camp's function during the Second World War was to assemble Romani and Dutch Jews for transport to Nazi extermination camps and other concentration camps.

A great amount of photos, letters and postcards, all kinds of documents as well as old film fragments are exhibited and shown. So very impressive, all that happened back then is really beyond comprehension. The museum was built in 1983 on private initiative and with financial support from the Dutch government. The original camp grounds are also part of the Center and accessible for the public, more about that later.

11 opmerkingen:

  1. Ben een keer in Westerbork geweest. Kon er niet tegen en ben weggegaan.

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  2. A dark side of history history when evil took over. :(

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  3. ...people need to be reminded of this period of history.

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  4. I cannot begin to comprehend the fear in the hearts of the people who passed through here with their sutcases and few belongings. This is a solemn and moving place to visit.

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  5. I would have a hard time going through this place; it just breaks my heart. And worse, it seems we're going back to those days to some extent in the US which I cannot comprehend. But neo-fascism is on the rise everywhere.

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  6. A very dark period in the history of man. People need to be reminded so they won't forget. It's very important to have places like these so people can learn and understand this period of history.

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  7. Dat hebben ze mooi gedaan zo met die koffers.

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  8. It really was shocking. It would have been sad to see this exhibition Marleen but I guess museums like this are essential so people are aware of what did and what should never happen again.

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  9. Although this dark part of history in the 20th century is heart-wrenching, it must never be forgotten.

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