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Museum opens at one of Holland’s most infamous Nazi camps

Site at the former camp of Amersfoort features portraits and stories of the 47,000 who were imprisoned

Memorial site KZ Kamp Amersfoort (concentration camp) in the Netherlands (Wikipedia/Author	Gerardus/ Public domain)
Memorial site KZ Kamp Amersfoort (concentration camp) in the Netherlands (Wikipedia/Author Gerardus/ Public domain)

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte inaugurated a museum on the former grounds of one of the Netherlands’ most infamous Nazi camps 80 years after its construction.

National Monument Camp Amersfoort is a large, underground and dark space dominated by the portraits and personal stories of about 47,000 people who were imprisoned at the facility in the centre of the Netherlands. Touch screens allow visitors to look up former prisoners and read more about their stories.

At least 850 of the prisoners at Camp Amersfoort were Jews, according to Nazi documents, though the real number is probably much higher, the museum’s website states.

The Jewish prisoners were imprisoned briefly along with communists, dissidents, homosexuals and those who tried to evade forced labor. But Jewish prisoners were shipped within a few weeks at most to Westerbork, a facility in the eastern Netherlands where mostly Jews were imprisoned, and from there to death camps in Poland.

“We are confronted here by the unimaginable suffering that happened in the place,” Rutte said at the opening, which only had a handful of guests due to COVID-19 restrictions. “We let the stories sink in and we learn from the lessons they offer to us today.”

An annual commemoration takes place at the former grounds of the camp, which was built in 1941. At the 2019 event, Jewish and non-Jewish relatives of victims sang the lullaby “Durme Durme” (“Sleep Sleep”) in Ladino while holding up pictures of their murdered loved ones.

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