Mourning for Albert van Dijk

Long-standing member of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp memorial's advisory council of former prisoners dead

It is with deepest sympathy that we learned today of Albert van Dijk’s death. He died on October 9 at the age of 97.

Albert van Dijk was born in Kampen (Netherlands) on July 5, 1924. After he participated in anti-German disturbances, he was deported to Allendorf near Marburg in November 1942 to do forced labor. He soon fled from his workplace, but was recaptured quickly. In January 1943 he was incarcerated in Buchenwald concentration camp due to this attempted flight.

In early January 1944 he was transferred to Dora, at the time a satellite camp of Buchenwald. There, he had to live and work in the tunnels for four months. As the scribe of his work detail, he spent his days looking for and registering the sick and dead who had not shown up for the roll call.

In the summer of 1944 Albert van Dijk was moved to the satellite camp Nüxei, where he had to perform forced labor for the construction of the Helmetal railroad. At the beginning of April 1945, the camp was evacuated. Van Dijk, however, managed to flee the ensuing death march. He was hidden on a farm by a Russian forced laborer for a few days and was eventually liberated by Soviet troops.

After his liberation, Albert van Dijk returned to his hometown of Kampen, where he spent the rest of his life. He married in 1946 and had six sons, fourteen grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved

Albert van Dijk regularly visited the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp memorial from the 1990s onward and was a longstanding member of the advisory council of former prisoners. Additionally, he regularly spoke about his imprisonment in concentration camps in schools and in interviews with radio stations, newspapers, and TV networks. His charming, free-spirited manner was appreciated by everyone who had the opportunity to get to know Albert van Dijk. We are filled with deep sadness at this loss.