Remembering Westerbork: Learning with Interviews (Accessing Campscapes)

Robert van der Laarse (Producer), Cord Pagenstecher (Editor), Zuzanna Dziuban, Niels Pohl, Bas Kortholt, Christel Tijenk

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Remembering Westerbork. Learning with Interviews
Westerbork was established in 1939 as a camp for Jewish refugees from Germany. In the wake of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, it came to serve as a transit camp from which over 100,000 Jews, resistance fighters, Sinti and Roma were deported to the Nazi extermination camps. Only 5,000 of them survived. After the war, Westerbork acquired yet another function as an internment camp for alleged Nazi collaborators. The complex history and memory of the site is made accessible here through the stories of two Jewish victims of Westerbork: Hans Margules and Ronnie Goldstein-van Cleef.
Listening to their testimonies and engaging with their stories allows for a greater understanding of the history and meaning of Westerbork and to prepare a visit to the memorial. Questions and suggested tasks support a dialog with the interview films in the classroom. Additional material, a time-line and a glossary provide support in contextualizing two unique biographies.

A cooperation of Freie Universität Berlin and Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork within the HERA-funded project Accessing Campscapes. Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649307.

Accessing Campscapes website and E-Journal:
Digital platform:
Duration: 01/04/2016 – 31/12/2019
Project Topic: REFLECTIVE-1-2014 (H2020-EU.3.6.)
Acronym: iC-ACCESS (2016-Uses of the Past /HERA.15.092)

Project leader: Prof. Rob van der Laarse, Westerbork professor in the Heritage of War and Conflict at VU University and the University of Amsterdam.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam / Berlin / Hooghalen
PublisherHERA iC-ACCESS -
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


  • Testimonies
  • Holocaust memory
  • HERA Uses of the Past
  • Campscapes
  • Terrorscapes
  • oral history
  • interviews
  • Westerbork Memorial Camp
  • Horizon 2020


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