Emily Hobhouse

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Emily Hobhouse was a remarkable British woman that performed relief work amongst the inhabitants of the concentration camps while experiencing fierce opposition from her fellow countrymen. Through her efforts the conditions in the concentration camps improved considerably. As a mark of honour and respect her ashes were buried in a niche at the foot of the Women’s Memorial.

The triptych by W.H. Coetzer displayed in the Hobhouse Hall, tells the story of the suffering of the women and children during the war. The painting on the left shows the impact of the scorched earth policy on the population with a farmhouse being burnt. The middle section of the painting shows the numerous burials taking place in the Bethulie concentration camp. The painting on the right shows a young boy that is very near death in the Norvalspont concentration camp.

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