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 8 p.m.
 The annual commemoration ceremony
 Click here and watch the commemoration ceremony (link online on November 26 at 8pm)
In 2020, Kazerne Dossin received and identified 281 new portraits of Holocaust victims who were deported from Mechelen. These photographs will be added to the museum’s memorial wall on November 26.

Due to Covid measures and travel restrictions, the annual commemoration ceremony will be held online.
  • Opening speech by Tomas Baum, General Director of Kazerne Dossin 
  • Speech by Veerle Vanden Daelen, Deputy General Director & curator of Kazerne Dossin 
  • Speech by Reinier Heinsman, volunteer of Kazerne Dossin & grandson of a Holocaust survivor
  • Reading of the names 
Music by Oscar Bohnen (song & guitar) and Bart Vanistendael (viola)

The broadcast will be available in Dutch, French and English. Should you have any questions about the ceremony, please contact Dorien Styven at

 Monday 4 March 2019
 Movie screening
 Tickets at the desk
 €6 / €4 (Filmhuis members) / €1 (Uitpas met kansentarief)
 Filmhuis Mechelen
Minderbroedersgang 5, 2800 Mechelen

Kazerne Dossin and Filmhuis Mechelen are presenting the screening of "Life is a cartoon".  

‘Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon’ is a film about the relationship between a son and his father, the latter a victim of and witness to the Holocaust. It shows that such a trauma determines the psychology of all the members of a family. In spite of, or perhaps indeed due to the distressing theme, the film is full of lightness, affection and hope.

Henri Kichka was born in Brussels in 1926. In 1942 he was arrested by the Gestapo, together with his parents and two sisters. He spent three years imprisoned in various concentration camps. His mother and sisters were murdered. His father died on the way to Buchenwald, from which Henri was liberated in 1945. After the war, Henri Kichka returned to Brussels and married. He had four children: Hannah, Michel, Iréne and Charly.

His son Michel Kichka was born in Seraing in 1954. At the age of 20, he emigrated to Israel, started his family and embarked on a career as cartoonist. In 2012 he published the graphic novel ‘Second Generation’, devoted to Michel’s younger brother, who committed suicide. The main theme, however, is the relationship between the son and the father, who had been a victim of and witness to

the Holocaust. The book shows that such a trauma determines the psychology of all the members of a family. In one of the most intense moments of the film, father and son visit the house where Henri Kichka was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942. The 63-year-old Michel has never been there the moment that was to change his life horrifically and irrevocably. This scene is featured on the poster of the film.

Kichka reveals the dramatic potential of the cartoon as form of art, and it is only through art that the father and son are finally able to communicate. Indeed, the film transcends the confines of a graphic novel, illustrating how both Kichkas recapitulate the family history, talking about the life of the father as a witness; finally, they have overcome the speechlessness. Kichka discusses the responsibilities of the second generation with Beate and Serge Klarsfeld. In conversation with Jean ‘Plantu’ Plantureux, the cartoonist of Le Monde and the founder of Cartooning for Peace, the film departs from the subject of the Shoah, broadening out into political caricature and comic art per se.

Realised by : Delfina Jałowik
75 minutes

Movie in French, English, Hebrew and German.
Subtitles : English

Panel discussion with Delfina Jałowik and Jürgen Kaumkötter.

The graphic novel ‘Second Generation’ is part of the exhibition "Holocaust and comics" (Until 23 June 2019 at Kazerne Dossin)


In samenwerking met: 

 Sunday 27th May 2018
 10h30 - 12h
 € 7 (drink included)
 Panorama Hall, Kazerne Dossin
Goswin de Stassartstraat 153
Francine Lazarus was born in 1938 as Francine Kamerman and lived with her family in Brussels on the eve of the Second World War. The Kamerman family is Jewish and has to go into hiding during the occupation. Francine's father, Israel Kamerman, was nevertheless arrested and deported from the Dossinkazerne in Mechelen. Francine, her Mother Minnie and brother Charles, survive the war.

During her adolescence, Francine moved to Australia and fell in love with Sydney. Today, she is a proud mother and grandmother. 

In 2017, Francine published her memoires. Her strong testimonial contains recollections of the war but also post-war stories. In them, she addresses the trauma she endured as a hidden child and the struggles she faced growing up in a family that was haunted by genocide en persecution. 

Francine will share her story with us on the 27th of May. Undoubtedly, this will be a morning to remember. 


 Guided visit (Dutch)
 Online registration
 6 euros
 Kazerne Dossin
Are you intrigued by André Goezu’s story and by the children who had to go in hiding?  Meet the artist during an exclusive tour and discover the different aspects in this exhibition.                                                                                                                                                                                         
Exclusive tour with the artist through the exhibition ‘Geborgen Verborgen’. The Parisian artist with Antwerp roots André Goezou takes you back to his childhood sketching a picture of his time as a hidden child on the basis of his paintings . An absolute must to discover and explore the various layers in this exhibition. The tour, in Dutch, takes about 90 minutes. Book in advance online.
André Goezou  (° 1939, Antwerp, Belgium) studied at the Royal Academy and at the National Higher Institute for fine arts in Antwerp. He was visiting - lecturer at the Royal Academy and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He  lives and works in Paris since 1968. His ‘body of work’ has permanently been shown in several museums and institutions: including the Belgian State, the Royal Library, the Print - room in Brussels, Antwerp and Paris, Museo e fondazione e. Pagani in Milan, Museum of Dimona in Israel, Rockefeller Art Centre in New York and the Museum of Montreal in Canada. He presented his work in more than 100 exhibitions in museums and institutions in Europe, the United States and Japan.

 Moving image
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 Kazerne Dossin
Mechelen (BE) hosts a unique initiative for people with an interest in contemporary art. Contour was established in 2003 as a platform for presenting cutting edge developments and the best in art of the moving image. The biennale presents artists working with film, video, installation and performance in special locations in Mechelen. 

Since the first edition in 2003, a different curator is invited to provide the biennale with a new framework, vision and dynamic.   CONTOUR 7 bears the mark of the Brussels based curator Nicola Setari and will take place at five venues which together form a walking tour through the inner city of Mechelen: the Mechelen Cultural Centre, the Vlietenkelder (a historical cellar), the Municipal Museum Court of Busleyden, the museum Kazerne Dossin and the historical chapel de Noker. The starting point and information desk of CONTOUR 7 can be found at the Mechelen Academy.  

The curator has selected more than twenty international artists, with a good balance between established artists and fresh talent from both Belgium and abroad.   Contour presents visually engaging and intellectually stimulating art, aiming to reach a wide as well as specialist public. Contour is unique in Europe as it offers the opportunity for the viewer to experience top-rate international contemporary art in one of the continent’s historic cities.