Working in Hooghalen

Camp Westerbork
4 oktober 1942

We had to unload wooden parts for the barracks from the train. Many tried to escape at that moment.

After arrival in Westerbork, camp life started as people awaited deportation to other ‘work camps’.  This camp life resembled that of other concentration camps. There was very little space in the barracks and no privacy at all. Despite the fact that the camp had been enlarged, it quickly became overcrowded. Because of that, the state of hygiene deteriorated and the food supply was no longer adequate. Strong men were placed in the wood commandos; heavy work – cutting wood and transporting it in the area.