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“Amersfoortcamp”

Concentration Camp Amersfoort
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Leusden
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We are lucky we learned about this relatively unknown concentration camp from a Dutchman while in Amsterdam. It is a short drive from Amersfoort and contains a small information center. Not much of the camp remains, but enough is there to portray the tragic story of the Dutch resistance movement members and even 101 Russian prisoners of war. We took the walk between two rises which leads to a statue to remember the lives of those lost in the camp: a significant memorial to the brutality of the Nazis and the tragic consequences for many of the brave resistance fighters.

5  Thank Jim D
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

If you visit Holland go to Amersfoort, to the "Polizeiliches Durchgangslager Amersfoort", the former concentration camp. I went there for the first time, many many years ago due to my fathers stay in the camp during WW2. And I have been returning ever since, a few times a year. It's impressive, located in the still of the forest you can feel the gruesome past come to you. Visit the museum, watch the movie, the photography and all the objects. Made and used by prisoners or later found in the ground near the camp.

7  Thank Dick K
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

This low key historical site and small museum illustrates the reach of the Nazi death machine. The information is in Dutch but the pictures tell the story. Take the walk to the firing squad and reflect on walking out, where so many walked only one way.

3  Thank Felixxxmom
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

We felt a bit cheated by our visit here. Really wanted to visit here along with husband and 16 year old son - we spent about an hour walking here, only to find that there was no English information provided. There were guided tours going on which looked really interesting - we wouldn't have expected these to be in English, there was also what looked to be a good quality information booklet, but this was only in Dutch. I feel that it maybe wouldn't be too much effort to have this printed in a variety of other languages so other nationalities can find out about the camp. We spent about 30 minutes here and then had another 1 hour hike back to the train station - thankfully there was no charge for entry!

5  Thank 13RT
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Reviewed 8 July 2008

Camp Amersfoort was one of three Nazi concentration camps in Holland. It operated from July of 1941 until April of 1945. Although it was not on a scale like those in Germany or Poland, it was just as deadly a preview of hell for its 35,000 victims.

The present attraction includes a modern, nicely organized and informative visitors center, one of the original guard houses and paths leading to poignant memorials to the victims of abuse and execution.

The experience would not be complete without a visit to the nearby civilian cemetery. (A docent can give directions.) After the war the remains of those murdered at Camp Amersfoort were exhumed and buried properly at Amersfoort's cemetery. The Russians have their own area but the Allied forces graves (including Hungarians, Poles, Czechoslovakian, Romanians), are in the midst of civilian graves. We've been to a number of WW II military cemeteries and this is the only place where we've seen this intermingling of military and civilian--embraced, as it were, by the peoples they fought to liberate. We found this rather touching.

12  Thank eshery
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