The Museum van Papierknipkunst displays the history of paper cutting arts.Originally a Chinese art form, paper cutting spread over Europe during the Middle Ages.The oldest Dutch art on display dates from the 17th century by Anne Marie Schuurmann.The collection is an extension of the famous cutting art by a number of local people.Changing...more
If you walk from the parking to the Radio-telescopes you can follow the "Milky-Way"-lane. Along this path you will find all different kind of signs with explenations about different planets like Venus, Mecure, Earth, Pluto etc.How many times bigger .. how many moons . temperature .. etc etcmore
This memorial-Center will take you back in time and will tell you the story of 102.000 people who were transported to extermination camps elswere and who never came back....I must say its not a nice place to go but somehowe I feel everyone should have been there just once in there life, so we do not forget what happened during the 2nd WW.more
Together we stand strong also counts for radio telscopes. In Westerbork 11 telescopes are standing in a row and follow exactly eachothers movements. This technique is called "interferometrie" and is also possible over larger distances. In European cooperation many telescopes work together to emplify the radiowaves to the maximum and "look further...more
Astronomers want to map the universe. this can be done by "lens"-telescopes (visual), but as well by radiotelescopes (radiowaves). These waves are caught by the dishes of which the parabolic shape centres the waves into the core and herewith emplify it. The detectors (sensors) in the centre are equipment in such a way that with computer one can...more
When leaving the camp mark the stone with the text in four languages that lays next to a small information pavillion. This stone is cut out the mountains near Jeruzalem.After the war the camp was used for about three years as prisonners camp for traitors and NSB-ers (similar politcal group as the Nazi NSDAP in Gemany). After this period it became a...more
In front of the gates to the camp Westerbork there are five stones, looking like coffins or gravestones. On them the names of the concentration camps that were connected to this transport camp (Durchgangs Lager) and the number of jews (but also some other by the Nazi regime outcasted minorities). In total around 110.000 people were emprissoned in...more
The second part of the national monument within the camp is a wide open space that has been filled with groups of small stones that in an areal view appear to be the map of the Netherlands. Each group of the in total 102.000 stones, stands for a province and the small rectangle redish coloured stones are topped with a jewish star. The height of the...more
Maybe most impressive within the now-a-days quite empty camp Westerbork are the two items that make up the national monument. On the farthest side the last remaining pieces of the rail road track form the first part of this commemoration site. The tracks are bent and broken, emphasising that what happened here should never happen again.more
Within the camp there were various parts. Small factories let the prisonners work under poor circumstances. In a corner of the camp were the penal barrracks, surrounded by even more barb wire. Here the jews that had hide from the Nazi's were punished for that fact and often they were put on transport rather quickly after arrival. The Nazi camp...more
In 1939 the dutch governement ordered a camp built in Westerbork to shelter the many jews that entered the Netherlands seeking refugee here from Germany. After the invasion the Germans immediately took control of it and turned it into a transport camp (Durchgangs Lager) by connecting it to the railway system. Between 1942 and 1945 the Nazi's...more
When arriving at the visitor centre, the actual camp is still asbout 2,5 kilometres away. The visitor centre has a complete exposition that tells about what happened here in Westerbork during the second world war. this is done with stories, pictures and items, which in total give a shocking review about the trransportations of jews to the...more
The memorial museum is opened from 10-17 hrs and in the weekend from 11-17 hrs.For people who are interested in WWII or in history about jewish people in Holland its an impressive trip.The camp is only reachable by foot or bike, or by special bus Entrance of the Camp is freeentrance museum : 2,50 euro 18yrs.4,50 > 18 yrs.more
Hoofdstraat 7, , Westerbork, Drente 9431 AB
Good for: Families
Wetsrebork itself is a small village that lays in the middle of the province of Drenthe. The actual must sees are however not closest to Westerbork, but in the vicinity of Hooghalen. Anyway, roadsigns are pointing you in the right direction when you take the exit "Beilen" (number 31) off the A28 from Zwolle to Groningen. From here you follow the...more
Though the former camp and the radiotelescopes are on manucipality soil of Westerbork, the actual village is about 11 kilometres away from the visitor centre. Westerbork is an average little place within the agricultural landscape of mid-Drenthe. A pleasant countryside with large farms surrounded by their fields and acres, as well as here and there some forestry and heatherfields. The surroundings are popular by campers, that enjoy the peace and quiet of this area in the Netherlands.
Westerbork even offers the visitor a small and funny museum: the "Knipsel" museum. Here one can see many items over about 300 years of paper cutting art. The museum offers a funny few hours when the weather is driving you indoors.
When at the end of the 30's in the 20st century, jews felt less and less at home in Germany, large numbers started crossing the border into the Netherlands, seeking refugee here. Some were provided shelter within the homes of family and friends, others were taken into refugee camps, such as Westerbork itself! In May 1940 Germany invaded the neutral Netherlands by force and after bombing Rotterdam the Dutch surrenders, prevending the same faith for Utrecht and Amsterdam. The jews that fled to the Netherlands were trapped, though some found hiding places created by Dutch families. The Westerbork camp fell almost immediately after the invasion (it's only 20 kilometres from the border) and the Nazi's turned it into a "Durchgangs Lager" (assembly and transportation camp). The horror started and though some Dutch fought hard against the Nazi's, the majority was silent and took care of their own business. Waiting for the liberation started and would last five dark years.
Fondest memory: After a visit to Westerbork you are impressed and silent. You learn a lot about how unbelievable horrible human being can be, as well as how weak they can follow someone that is evil itself. The combination with the radiotelescopes made me wonder whether extraterrestrial life would appreciate us for the things we are able to do. Westerbork is truely a place that makes you wonder about many things.