Dutch Jews slam sale of debris from Nazi camps

The Dutch Central Jewish Board has condemned two recent incidents involving Dutch museums selling debris from Nazi concentration camps.Camp Vught, a former transit camp and now a national memorial monument and museum, reportedly offered visitors the chance to buy wooden figures prepared from wood recovered from the camp’s barrack 1B. Omroep Brabant, a local television station, reported the figures were sold by volunteers “in order to raise funds to help promote the preservation” of Camp Vught.

Established in late 1942, the camp held 8,684 Jews and also some non-Jewish prisoners, according to Yad Vashem. The Jews were deported from Vught to Westerbork and then to Auschwitz, where they were killed.

Earlier this month, the Central Jewish Board spoke out against the sale of barbed wire from Camp Amersfoort, another national memorial monument and museum established on the site of a former Nazi concentration camp. — jta