Who were the prisoners?

The prisoners came from all over the country, and sometimes from abroad too, and consisted of men, women and children. There were various motives for their internment, and the length of their imprisonment varied too. The largest groups of prisoners were Dutch, German and Austrian Jews, those who had tried to evade labour recruitment, political prisoners, prisoners interned in retaliation for acts by the resistance, black marketeers, clandestine butchers, gypsies (Sinti and Roma), people who lived in caravans, "Engelandvaarders" (people trying to escape to England), Jehovah's Witnesses, prisoners of war from the Soviet Union, Americans, Belgians and French.

References to documents with information about categories of prisoners

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