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Info board 75 Years Liberation WWII Mechelen

In 2019 it was 75 years ago that Belgium was Liberated by the Allied forces.
In this context, Tourism Province of Antwerp organized various activities related to the Liberation in collaboration with Liberation Route Europe. Together with the participating cities and municipalities, a themed brochure with local stories supplemented with photos was made. Information boards were placed at 48 historical locations, each with a local theme.

Theme: Last train to Auschwits

During the Second World War, the Dossin barracks was used as a collection camp for almost
26,000 Jews, Roma and Sinti. Train transports organized according to plan take them to Auschwits-Birkenau, a German concentration camp in Poland. Only 5 percent survive the camp.

The last transport leaves on July 31, 1944. New plans for new raids are canceled due to advancing Allied forces. Meanwhile, in the barracks, tension rises among the remaining prisoners. Because they feared an uprising, the Germans reinforced the security. There is no uprising and the barracks are evacuated on 3 September.

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  • Text: Jhonny Bastiaensen
  • Photos: Jhonny Bastiaensen
  • Tekst infobord TPA

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