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Jewish police in the Westerbork transit camp stand in formation during a roll call.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 01348

Jewish police in the Westerbork transit camp stand in formation during a roll call.

Among those pictured is the donor's uncle, Max Levy (in the middle row).

The Jewish police in Westerbork were universally detested by camp inmates for their cruelty and for their collaboration with the Nazis. Composed primarily of Dutch and German Jews, the OD was responsible for guarding the punishment block, organizing transports and maintaining order in the camp. The police force consisted of 20 men in mid-1942, grew to a peak of 182 men in April 1943, and stood at 67 in February 1944. Wearing the "OD" badge on the left breast was decreed in camp order no. 27 of 23 April 1943.

Date
1942 - 1943
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Trudi Gidan
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Record last modified: 2003-02-06 00:00:00
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