At the national Dachaumonument in the Amsterdamse Bos former prisoners and other interested parties have remembered that the concentration camp was liberated by the Americans 70 years ago. That happened on april 29, 1945.
There were speeches by resistance woman Willemijn Petroff-van Gurp and Rom Steensma, a son of Carel Steensma who sailed to England during the war. Representatives of other camp organizations laid wreaths at the entrance to the monument.
Then there was the traditional walk on the 60-metre-long ‘ Camp Street, “in which the names are chiseled of 500 German concentration camps and outdoor commands. Who entered the monument, got a flower for putting it anywhere in the yew hedges that forms the boundary of the monument.
The camp Dachau was the first German concentration camp. In 1933, the Nazis founded it and took it as an example for other camps. Between 1933 and 1945 206,000 prisoners have been kept in Dachau, including 2000 Dutch. Many of them died in Dachau. Of them pater Titus Brandsma, the Socialist politician ‘ Stuuf ‘ Wiardi Beckman and the Jewish-Curaçao student George M are the best known.