A German prison guard at Amersfoort concentration camp uses a hose to douse four inmates with cold water. Amersfoort was a transit camp and during the years of 1941 to 1945, over 35,000 prisoners were housed there. The camp was situated in the southern part of Amersfoort, on the city limit between Amersfoort and Leusden. The fluctuating prisoner population showed an eclectic group of people from all over the Netherlands: Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, POW’s from the Soviet Union, members of the Dutch Resistance, homosexuals, petty criminals, clergy, black marketeers, clandestine butchers and smugglers, contract breakers of the German Arbeitseinsatz (forced labor program), AWOL Waffen-SS soldiers, German truck drivers of the Nationalsozialistische Kraftfahr-Korps who had deserted their posts, and members of the NSB (the Dutch National Socialist Movement) who had fallen out of favor with party officials. From 1941 to 1943, 8,800 people were imprisoned in the camp, of which 2,200 were deported to Germany. During the period between 1943 and 1945, 26,500 people were imprisoned, of which 18,000 were sent east to places like Buchenwald and Natzweiler concentration camps. Amersfoort concentration camp, Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands. September 1943.