On 28 August 1942, the net closed around the Jews then residing in North Brabant. A stealthy trial, concealed in a semblance of legality, had marginalized them since the German invasion, depriving them of their civil rights and property. Now the final phase began: that of deportation to transit, work and finally death camps.
That Friday, 28 August 1942, hundreds of Jews here and there in North Brabant had to report to stations and other assembly points, to be transported by bus and train via 's-Hertogenbosch to Camp Westerbork. In November 1942 a full-scale raid followed and in April 1943 the people who stayed behind had to report to Camp Vught. In September of that year, the latter were picked up and taken away. Noord-Brabant was declared "free of Jews" (Judenfrei). Only those who had gone into hiding, Jews in so-called mixed marriages, and the few who slipped through the mesh of the bureaucratic net and got off the hook were left behind.