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Kamp Westerbork

Address: Oosthalen 8 | 9414 TG Hooghalen, Hooghalen, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-593-592600
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Hooghalen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Edmonton, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Kamp Westerbork was a holding place for Jews who were deported to concentration camps. In one area there are small bricks towers of varying heights. The tall the structure the older the person who was transported. Correspondingly, the shorter the structure, the younger the person. There is also a museum. A very though provoking place to visit.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It's not the most fun area to visit when you realise which terrible things have happend during WW2, but there's more behind this camp. Absolutely worth a visit to realise what war does to and with people.

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Hamilton, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

We spent an afternoon here and learned so much. It was very interesting and a must see for everyone. History cannot repeat itself.

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Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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308 reviews 308 reviews
22 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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