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Kamp Westerbork, transit camp to eternity : the liberation story

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Kamp Westerbork, transit camp to eternity : the liberation story
Call No: 940.5317 W526La

Call Number940.5317 W526La
Dates2000; ©2000
Statement of Responsibilityby Cecil E. Law.
Summary"This is a book about a few days in the history of the South Saskatchewan Regiment in World War II... Westerbork was the only operational concentration camp actually liberated by the Canadian Forces. For them, it was probably the smallest victory in their regimental history. But... it meant everythingfreedom and a hope for a new life. Yes, the Canadian Army was involved in the Holocaust, so was every soldier in the Allied Armies. If they had not fought and won World War II in Europe, The War Against the Jews would not have ended. There would have been no survivors. On behalf of all 861 remaining inmates of Westerbork, we hope that this book will be an educational and memorial document of Canada's military role in World War II in memory of all veterans who fought and paid with their life for this victory." Robert Engel (back cover)
ContentsChapter I : Introduction
  • How this book began
Chapter II : German anti-semitism and the Holocaust
  • The rise of German anti-semitism under the Nazis
  • The responsibility of Hitler for the Holocaust
  • Descent into war
  • The Nazis in Holland
  • German documentation of the Holocaust
Chapter III : Kamp Westerbork
  • Kamp Westerbork
Chapter IV : The Allied Command in Northern Holland
  • The last days of the Third Reich
  • Holland and the Canadiansthe role of First Canadian Army
  • German defensive positions in Mid Drenthe
  • Free French SAS ParatroopsOperation Amherst
  • The Infantry Battalion1945
  • The Oranjekanaal
  • The search for maps
Chapter V : The liberation of Westerbork
  • The 6th Brigade action on the Oranjekanaal
  • Sgt Morrow MM and the account of A Company's action
  • The battle for the canal
  • Patrol to the Halerbrug
  • The role of 8th Recce Regiment
  • Back on the canal
  • The action of 4 and 5 Brigades
Chapter VI : Chronological summary of events surrounding the liberation of Kamp Westerbork, 12 April 1945
  • Abstracts from the war diaries and ops logs
  • Recapitulation of the action
  • Who liberated Kamp Westerbork?
Chapter VII : The aftermath to Westerbork
  • The turn of the tide
  • 2nd Canadian Corps final operations
  • The closing of Kamp Westerbork
  • Postscript
Bibliography and references
  • Extracts from Unit war diaries
  • Westerbork concentration camp / H. Gordon Walker
  • Westerbork abstracts / Theo Pinkowitz
  • Notes from my diary / LT. E. J. Sheppard
Physical Description xxiv, 179 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherClementsport, N.S. : Canadian Peacekeeping Press
  • Three maps on 2 folded leaves
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 136–138) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2015 by David & Susie Zacks