A moving experience I will never forget
Netherlands - May 7, 2015
Currently traveling in the Netherlands for the Commemoration Ceremonies of the 70th Anniversary of their Liberation
I just lived through another moving experience as we visited Kamp Westerbork Museum today, where we took part in a private flower-laying ceremony at National Westerbork Memorial. So much so that I wanted to share it with the Veterans' Community.
Kamp Westerbork was a refugee, detention and transit camp during the Second World War, which was liberated by Canadian troops. It was the departure point for the death camps of Poland, such as Auswitch.
The 102,000 people who departed for their last journey are represented by that many brownstones laid down in the original assembly square area. The stones of different sizes represent the various ages of those sent to their death.
All Canadians present deposited flowers on the train rails that led towards death camps. The rails have been raised and twisted so that they symbolically will never be used again.
A Canadian soldier who participated in the liberation of the camp provided a detailed account of the event. A Rabbi told the story of a couple with a 5 year old child who were here at the time and he ended by telling us that he was that child seventy years ago. This undoubtedly held profound memories for our Veterans. Very moving indeed!
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