€1.6m for Westerbork renovation

The World War II Westerbork transit camp is to receive a €1.6m grant for the restoration of the former house of camp commander Albert Konrad Gemmeke.

The house, which stands on the edge of the camp, was lived in from the war until 2007, when the last inhabitant died.
It will be renovated and given a protective glass cover. The top floor will house an exhibition space for educational activities, film presentations and theatre performances.
In addition, the existing museum will be extended to include a separate classroom for school children. The extension is necessary because Westerbork attracts 140,000 visitors a year.
Anne Frank and her family were among the thousands of Dutch Jews housed at Westerbork before being transported to concentration camps.

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