WESTERBORK, the Netherlands — Today this is a scene of tranquility, with birds singing from majestic trees and green manicured grass blanketing quiet, sprawling grounds below.
Sixty-five years ago, it was known as the Gateway to Death.
Westerbork, a Nazi transit and labour camp in the Second World War, was liberated by Canadian forces in 1945. Train tracks that once carried “deportees” to Auschwitz and other extermination camps have been cut and symbolically twisted upward so that no train can ever follow the same route again.