Photographer's Note

As today some-one can call themselves spoiled for not living in a country where war or fear dominates the daily live it's always good to remind pain from the past and reflect that on the pain from today, where-ever...

Rebels, terrorists and dominant armys sow seeds of hate and harvest storms of violence and i'm afraid that will never stop...
Camp Westerbork:
Between 1942 and 1945 the German occupying power arrested and deported more than one hundred thousand Dutch Jews and foreign Jewish refugees from the Netherlands. The Nazis used Camp Westerbork for this purpose, which the Dutch Government had already established in 1939 as a national camp for Jewish refugees from Germany. In 1942 Camp Westerbork was designated 'transit camp': a temporary abode for Dutch Jews and others whom the Nazis wanted to destroy.

Life in the camp was dominated by hope, bau above all by fear. Almost every Tuesday a train would depart: a goods train filled with a fixed number of victims.
Ninety-three such transports left. Only a few thousand people returned.

'The sound of guns has given way to children's cries.
The war has come home.
The black smoke and the hordes of flies.
Gold medallions for the citizens who stand and wait.
Battalions of strangers. Battalions of strangers...

No one wants to lead the way.
Be the first death of the day.
Leave his family behind.
It must all be in the minds of
Battalions of strangers...'
battalions of strangers, Fischer-Z, Red skies Over Paradise

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