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Jews hiding in Ukranian caves
  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on April 21st, 2020

Jews hiding in Ukranian caves

In 1972, the French speleologist Michel Siffre spent 205 days without interruption in a cave in Texas. With this he set an official record, because never before would someone have lived for so long underground. Living so long in constant darkness and isolation, without any sense of day or night, requires unimaginable perseverance, both mentally and physically. Nevertheless, several Jewish people in hiding in Ukraine during World War II would have lived continuously underground for much longer, namely 344 days. The American speleologist Chris Nicola discovered their remarkable story of survival.

Jewish hospital in Berlin during the Nazi period
  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on April 16th, 2020

Jewish hospital in Berlin during the Nazi period

How Jewish patients survived the war in a Jewish hospital in Berlin

Floating concentration camps in the Bay of Lübeck
  • Article by Peter Kimenai
  • Published on December 11th, 2019

Floating concentration camps in the Bay of Lübeck

Jews in hiding in Okegem, a forgotten episode
  • Article by Patrick Praet
  • Published on March 1st, 2019

Jews in hiding in Okegem, a forgotten episode

In Okegem, like in every other municipality, personal drama’s happened: prisoners of war and employees who were sent to Germany for forced labor, escaped young men in the south of France, the daily attempts to make a living, occasional passages of German soldiers... And yet remarkable things happened that only few people were aware of...

Bunker tragedy at concentration camp Vught
  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on February 22nd, 2019

Bunker tragedy at concentration camp Vught

The Bunker tragedy happened in the night of January 15-106,1944 at concentration camp Vught in the Netherlands. Under the authority of camp commander Adam Grünewald 74 female prisoners were detained in a cell after they protested against the interment of a fellow prisoner.

Kristallnacht
  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on May 29th, 2018

Kristallnacht

In the night of November 9 to 10, 1938, a large-scale and violent anti-Jewish protest took place in Germany and Austria. Jewish shops and homes were demolished and looted, synagogues were put on fire and individual Jews were mistreated and some even murdered. The protest had evolved into a pogrom. The night would enter the history books as the Kristallnacht (Night of Crystals).