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Around 600 Dutch resistance membershave been deported to camp Natzweiler during the Second World War, after their initial capital punishment.

In Doodstraf op termijn. Nederlandse Nacht und Nebel-gevangenen in kamp Natzweiler (Death in installments. Dutch Nacht und Nebel prisoners in Camp Natzweiler) dr. Hinke Piersma describes the experiences of Dutch prisoners in this French concentration camp.

French soldiers in front of an experimental gass chamber in Camp Natzweiler

Researcher: dr. Hinke Piersma
Duration: 2005-2006
Publication: Doodstraf op termijn. Nederlandse Nacht und Nebel-gevangenen in kamp Natzweiler (Zwolle 2006).
Cooperation: Vriendenkring oud-Natzweilers

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It has been estimated that some 600 Dutch resistance fighters have been deported to Camp Natzweiler, often after already having been sentenced to death.

Hunger, cold, beatings and inhumanly arduous labour were their fate. The “Night and Fog” prisoners faced a constant death threat, as destruction through work was Natzweiler’s raison d’être. The stone quarry, where red granite was being hacked for the Third Reich’s buildings and sculptures, was the most feared labor detail.

Death in installments is a book about the experiences of Dutch prisoners in Camp Natzweiler, as well as the lawlessness to which they were subjected. It is also a book about friendship and solidarity, and about the will to live.