The National Monument Camp Vught has managed to get hold of three special photos showing a transport of Jewish prisoners from Vught station. What makes this find extra special is that so far there are no photos of the camp during the war, nor of prisoners leaving the station.
The photos show people waiting for their train: the sick, the elderly and young people. Sometimes with a Star of David. A third photo shows a mountain of luggage.
The photos are therefore of special value, says director Jeroen van den Eijnde. “There are photos of raids in Amsterdam, photos of Jews in the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the famous images of the transport from Westerbork of course, but nothing of Vught. While 12,000 Jews went from Vught to the concentration camps. Sometimes directly, usually via Westerbork. It is very special that these photos appear so many years later. “
Van den Eijnde was tipped off by someone who said that an online auction offered the photos. “I was immediately curious. When I saw the photos, I immediately knew that this is very important visual material.”
During the Second World War, camp Vught was a concentration camp that was managed by the SS. Today the camp is one of the remembrance centers in the Netherlands where the persecution of the Jews is commemorated. “A photo reinforces the story we tell of the camp and deportations. That is very important for the transmission of these stories.”