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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
December
December 1943, A Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony in the Westerbork transit camp, Netherlands

December 1943

A Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony in the Westerbork transit camp, Netherlands

Westerbork was located in the northeastern Netherlands. Nearly 100,000 Jews were deported from Westerbork to Nazi extermination and concentration camps. Not all Jews brought to Westerbork were automatically deported. There was a “permanent” population in the camp that was made to perform various jobs. There were a number of dedicated youth leaders in Westerbork who established a youth movement and tried to hold activities- such as the Hanukkah celebration pictured here. This celebration took place during a time when there were no deportations and it left a strong impression on those who participated in it. More about Westerbork...

Yad Vashem Photo Archives 1922/14