Camp Vught National Memorial
Camp Vught National Memorial is located on part of the former SS-camp Konzentrationslager Herzogenbusch (January 1943 – September 1944). The museum is spread out over several buildings and outdoor areas, with many personal stories of eyewitnesses. A model of the camp shows the extensive size of the camp and the many buildings it included. The watchtowers and a barrack have been reconstructed.
The texts accompanying the permanent exhibition at Camp Vught National Memorial are in Dutch. Texts for exhibitions are often translated into English. Most international visitors, both students and regular visitors, visit us in groups with one of our guides. The audiotour (available in Dutch, English and German) offers a good way to get an impression of life in the camp.
Barrack 1B is located in the last remaining barrack from Konzentrationslager Herzogenbusch: a unique war heritage site and remembrance site. The bilingual exhibition covers four periods: the concentration camp (1943-1944), the evacuation camp for German citizens from the border area (1944-1945) and the internment camp for NSB members, Dutch citizens suspected of collaboration, and imperial Germans (1944-1949). From 1951, part of the former camp was used as the Lunetten compound and it housed former troops from the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL in Dutch) and their families from the Moluccas. Opening hours are limited.
Unique Selling Point
• In 2016, our museum won the prestigious BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs in de category war and resistance museums oorlogs- en verzetsmusea.
• Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence 2016
• Historically, the only SS-concentration camp directly led from Berlin SS- head office.
• Barrack 1B is the last remaining stone barrack ofall camps in the Netherlands, located on the authentic spot.
“Through the Liberation Route Europe it is proven to be possible to connect and unlock places of historical interest, in a way that stimulates meaningful tourism. Thus new generations can also learn about traces of war left behind in Europe”
Jeroen van den Eijnde, director Camp Vught National Memorial