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About Kamp Amersfoort

The National Monument Kamp Amersfoort, located on the border between Leusden and Amersfoort, is one of the three best known Dutch memorial centers. Between 1941 and 1945 approximately 37,000 prisoners, mainly political prisoners, were incarcerated for varying lengths of time in this camp, which served as both a transit and prison camp under the direct command of the SS.

After the war people wanted to forget the horrors of the camp as quickly as possible and the camp was completely dismantled. Despite the fact that everything was torn down to the foundations the anguish remained tangible.

In 2004 a beautiful, modest memorial was completed, symbolizing the resurrection of the memories from the ground (from oblivion).

Remember, reflect and learn is the motto of the National Monument Kamp Amersfoort Foundation. The foundation was established so we do not forget. Or, in other words, to keep alive the memory of what happened in and around Kamp Amersfoort in the period 1940-1945.

Kamp Amersfoort asks visitors to consider the past, to pass on lessons from the past to new generations and where possible, to draw parallels with current developments.



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