National Monument Kamp Vught

Behind the Nazi’s death-machinery stood an army of ordinary bureaucrats who planned mass extinction with terrifying accuracy. Customary index cards, still a common office supply today, were used to register every deportee.

This installation commemorates the 32,000 prisoners of Kamp Vught, a former concentration camp in the Netherlands. The colourful allure arouses observers’ attention before its sombre meaning reveals, reflecting the desk criminals’ thoughtless empathy.


Red Cross employees using the index cards to locate missing persons.

Anne Frank’s index card (Bergen-Belsen Konzentrationslager, DE)

Deported teacher’s index card, anonymised (Kamp Vught, NL)

Kamp Vught, 1945, and Penitentiary Institution Vught, today


Amsterdam, NL