Westerbork (Börk in Drenthe dialect) is a village in the province of Drenthe, part of the municipality of Midden-Drenthe since 1998. Before that, it was an independent municipality. Today, Westerbork has nearly 5,000 inhabitants and has a fairly busy, built-up centre. The area is dominated by meadows and some smaller villages/neighborhoods.
In general, Westerbork is also referred to as the former Westerbork camp. Westerbork camp was used in the Second World War to transit Jews, Roma, and rescuers. However, the camp is closer to Hooghalen than to Westerbork. After the Second World War, former KNIL soldiers were housed in the camp. The camp was then renamed to accommodation Schattenberg. At the end of the 70s, the city was demolished and a war memorial was placed near the former camp. Partly on the site of the former camp are fourteen radio telescopes, which together form the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. The telescopes are managed by ASTRON. The famous astronomer Jan Hendrik Oort played an important role in the creation of these telescopes.
Other sights in (the neighborhood of) Westerbork include the Stefanus church, Kamp De Pieterberg, and the Zevenmarkensteen. The church (and its tower) are registered in the national monuments record as one of the six national monuments of the village.
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