The brink of hell, heaven, the unknown; a place on the precipice of disaster or discovery.
The term derives from the Westerbork
transit camp - Dutch Jews were sent there in the Nazi era before being sent to the gas chambers and slavery of the concentration camps - and radar array site (Anne Frank
was famously there before being shipped to Auschwitz
; later on, people built radar dishes there and now gaze at the stars. It was also a place that housed people from the Molucca Sea seeking a new life in the Netherlands).
And so we stood at the westerbork, waving goodbye to Mom and Dad as we set off for summer camp.
Every hospital is a westerbork. Think about it.
At the westerbork known as Camp Kilmer, we were given a gun and a uniform and marched off to war.
Y'know, graduation is like being at Westerbork. You never know what happens next.