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“Deeply impressive, as long as you can understand Dutch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kamp Westerbork

Kamp Westerbork
Oosthalen 8 | 9414 TG Hooghalen, Hooghalen, The Netherlands
+31-593-592600
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Hooghalen
Type: Historic Sites
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5 attraction reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Deeply impressive, as long as you can understand Dutch”
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 looked forward to meeting again when the war was over, you get very silent. They sometimes say that a picture can say more than a thousand words, to me, it was exactly the opposite today. There's just one important requirement when you visit: you have to be able to understand Dutch, as all of the handwritten notes, audio comments (by people who survived Westerbork), official documentation (deportation instructions) are in Dutch. Those are things that simply cannot be translated without losing their tremendous impact.

Visited August 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Westerbork Concentration Camp~ last stop on Dutch soil for transports before death camps”
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 trip and processing what I saw and felt.

Visited March 2013
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Veendam, The Netherlands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“We need to remember”
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
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Second Word War location”
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.

Visited September 2012
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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Impressive”
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.

Visited August 2012
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