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Kamp Westerbork

Oosthalen 8 | 9414 TG Hooghalen, Hooghalen, The Netherlands
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Hooghalen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

A terrible place to visit, but one that should be kept in the forefront. The beautiful museum complements the several acres of camp. Count on hiking for half a day.

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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287 reviews 287 reviews
19 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I'd start of by the visiting the visitors centre, so that you can learn the history of the camp. It does help if you speak Dutch, but much of the material is also translated into English. The emphasis on the individual stories of the camp's prisoners is deeply moving. After the centre, then take a walk on the "Milkyway" path... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

If you're in the area then I would suggest visiting the Museum + Camp for half a day. If you're like me, however, traveling for 2.5 hours in each direction to the museum and camp was not really worth it. The information provided in the museum was informative (as were the displays) but they were not quite different from what... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We were staying at nearby Hof Van Saksen and decided to visit this place based on other reviews. We arrived to a discrete building situated in a wood just off the road. We went in and talked in basic Dutch to the lady on the desk. She explained how the museum was set out and the best way to go... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Went here today with our family. Was deeply impressed. Not so much by the physical remains of the former 'Durchgangslager Westerbork' (as there is little 'tangible' left), but by the 'exhibition' in the visitors' center. When you for example read the hand written notes of people who were about to be deported to Germany, telling their loved ones that they... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 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... More

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Veendam, The Netherlands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 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.

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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 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.

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Lleida, Catalonia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 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... More

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