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“Westerbork Concentration Camp~ last stop on Dutch soil for transports before death camps”
Review of Kamp Westerbork

Kamp Westerbork
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Hooghalen
Certificate of Excellence
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
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“Westerbork Concentration Camp~ last stop on Dutch soil for transports before death camps”
Reviewed 20 March 2013

This camp was the last time on Dutch soil for over 100,000 Jews who were sent on after a brief stay to death camps such as Auschwitz and Sopibor. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable. The ground were unexpectedly lovely, as the photos I have seen of the original camp had no trees. I am still reflecting on yesterday's trip and processing what I saw and felt.

Visited March 2013
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English first
Veendam, The Netherlands
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42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“We need to remember”
Reviewed 30 January 2013

It's ironic that a camp built as a refugee center before the war by the Dutch authorities would become so infamous during World War II. Excellent presentation.

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Drouwen, Drenthe, Netherlands
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Second Word War location”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

You can feel the history here. Sad location where people were deported. Its quite a beautifull location though, in the middle of the forest area in the beautiful Drenthe province.

Visited September 2012
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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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112 reviews
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“Impressive”
Reviewed 6 October 2012

A centre about the dutch Jewish transfer centre. Nice walk through the forrest to the main camp area. Small museum and there isn't much original things left... but nevertheless a 3-star rating as the memorial (kobbelstones and a train-track) is quite nicely set up.
About 1 hour is enough to visit.

Visited August 2012
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Lleida, Catalonia
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4 reviews
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“Lost in translation”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

Kamp Westerbork was a transit camp to hold Dutch Jews and others destined for the Nazi extermination camps elsewhere. Anne Frank and her family were here before being sent to Auschwitz. Although the original buildings have been demolished and there is not much to see at the site itself there is a well thought out museum nearby that explains many of the sad and sordid details of this dark period in European history.

Well, it looked interesting, but as neither I nor any of my family speak Dutch the predominant feeling we were left with was frustration. Frustration at not being able to understand most of what was explained in the museum, except for a bare skeleton of translation into English and German. And that was nowhere near enough. The message for the time being seems clear enough: if you don't speak Dutch there's little reason for your being here.

Visited September 2012
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