Vught

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Vught (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands. It is a town where lots of commuters live and has recently been named "Best place to live" by the Dutch magazine Elsevier.

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Population centres

Politics

On April 2 2007 Roderick van de Mortel (VVD) was appointed mayor of Vught. The current aldermen are Peter Pennings (GB, also vice mayor), Peter van de Wiel (VVD) and Wilbert Seuren (D66).

On August 17 2009 Rob Brekelmans succeeded Chris de Graaf as the town's secretary

World War II

Vught is known for its transit/concentration camp (Herzogenbusch) built by Nazi-Germany during World War II. It was part of camp Herzogenbusch, but usually better known as "Kamp Vught" (Camp Vught). The camp held male and female prisoners captured in Belgium and the Netherlands. The guard staff included SS men and a few SS women, headed by Oberaufseherin Margarete Gallinat. The Nazis initially used this location as a transit camp to gather prisoners for classification and transportation to Poland and other camps.

But even here several horrific stories took place. One notorious story describes the punishment that a group of women received for standing up for another female prisoner. Seventy-four women were pushed into a cell room of barely nine square meters for over fourteen hours. Ten of the women died and several suffered permanent physical or mental damage. The camp commander, being responsible for this tragedy, was degraded by Himmler to being an 'ordinary' soldier and was sent to the Hungarian front; there he died in 1945.

Dutch underground members Corrie and Betsie ten Boom were held at Vught in 1944, before being sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Poncke Princen, who would later become known for going over to the Indonesian guerrillas opposing Dutch rule, was also imprisoned at Vught for his anti-Nazi activities.

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