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Transit Camp to Eternity: The Liberation Story
Written by Cecil E. Law
In the history of the South Saskatchewan Regiment of Canada, the liberation of Kamp Westerbork, continues to be the event that captures the reason why the regiment served abroad in the Second World War (WWII): for freedom and hope for a new life.
Historian Cecil E. Law, who served as an officer with the Regiment in 1945, revisits the events he witnessed in April 1945. He also traced surviving prisoners freed by his army unit.
Kamp Westerbork was used by the Nazis as the staging area from where over 100,000 Dutch Jews were sent to death camps in Germany and what is now in Poland.
"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 everything—freedom 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)
Paperback, 179 pages, charts, maps, Illustrations, glossary, index
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