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Return trip to Sachsenhausen

Time period: 1940-1945



Realisation project:

Stichting Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught


Timeframe: 1940-1945
Location: Vught, Sachsenhausen
Number of interviews: 11


Thematic collection: Erfgoed van de Oorlog



Interviews can be seen sevia:


Although prisoners were deported from Vught concentration camp to Sachsenhausen concentration camp throughout the occupation period, the trains that left on 5 and 6 September 1944 are the most notorious. About three thousand men were deported, only half of them returned.


In 2008, interviews were held with a number of survivors of these transports about their wartime experiences. The interviewees discuss the differences between the Dutch and the German concentration camps, the forced labour they were forced to perform, their survival strategies and the consequences of the camp past for their lives after the war.


The interviews with the camp survivors are part of a project set up by the municipality of Vught, the Vughts Historical Museum and Camp Vught National Monument. As part of this project, the documentary “Return ticket Sachsenhausen” was made, in which former prisoner Jan van den Ende (interview 04) makes the journey by train again, accompanied by schoolgirl Danni Reches, who asks him questions about his imprisonment.