Repatriation route

The guides at St. Louis will take you back to the end of the Second World War. Thousands of Dutch people returned from concentration camps and labour camps. Upon arrival in the Netherlands they would first go to a Repatriation Centre, in Oudenbosch for example. There, the road to freedom began.

Relive the liberation of the Netherlands

In 1945, the Netherlands was officially liberated from the German occupiers. A relief for the Dutch in their own country, but for many others a long journey back from labour camps and concentration camps began. Oudenbosch was one of the National Reception Centres to which some of the 300,000 Dutch people were taken.

Oudenbosch, one of the National Reception Centres

After months or sometimes even years of uncertainty, Oudenbosch was the first place in the Netherlands on their way ‘home’. You’ll experience this short stay in Oudenbosch and the screening before being sent home during the Oudenbosch Repatriation Route. This walk starts in the Arboretum botanical garden and takes you past the extraordinary places and the photos along the route, accompanied by one of the St. Louis Guides. With sound clips, art and archive images, a clear picture emerges of what it was like to arrive in Oudenbosch, to be screened and checked and then allowed to go home.

Book a tour

The repatriation route can only be done with one of the St. Louis Guides and needs to be booked in advance. It’ll give an interesting and different view of the period after the liberation of the Netherlands to both relatives of former returnees as to students and historians.

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