Conservation & donations


Sometimes, personal war-time items and objects surface 70 years later. At first sight, they may not be of any value, but these objects often conceal a wealth of information. Kazerne Dossin has been entrusted special donations over the past year: hundreds of letters, photographs, documents of deportees and their relatives. This is how Mala Zimetbaum's chessboard and the photo album of camp commander Frank found their way to us and are now in safe storage.

Those who happen to be in the possession of relevant photo material, documents, newspapers, pamphlets, stamps, letters, etc. are invited to hand them over to Kazerne Dossin for safe keeping.  You will be given more information about the archives and conservation during an initial meeting.

Past donations

Sarah Goldberg - Goldberg Fund:
On 19 June 2013, Simon Henri, Michel and André Goldberg donated a collection of original photographs, records and paintings that once belonged to their mother, Sarah Goldberg (Radoszyce, 1921 – Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, 2003) to Kazerne Dossin.  Sarah Goldberg was born in a Polish family which emigrated to Belgium in 1930. During the Occupation, this young woman was involved in the spy ring Rote Kapelle and the Armed Partisans resistance movement. On 4 June 1943, someone reported her and she was arrested in Brussels, taken to Kazerne Dossin the next day and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on 31 July 1943. Upon arrival, Sarah Goldberg was selected to carry out forced labour at the camp. During the evacuation from Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sarah Goldberg endured death marches that took her to Ravensbrück, Malchow and finally Leipzig, where she was liberated by the Soviet Army on 23 April 1945. 

Sylvain Honigwachs & Mala Zimetbaum:
Kazerne Dossin has been entrusted with a particularly valuable donation: possessions of Sylvain Honigwachs, as well as Mala Zimetbaum's chessboard. The donation was from Henri, who, as a 12-year-old, witnessed the Razzias in Antwerp.  After the violent roundups, many flats in his street were left empty. He visited the house of his upstairs neighbours and found the paint box, a picture book and a storybook of his deported playmate Sylvain Honigwachs. This family - father, mother and two sons - were deported with Transport IV and subsequently perished.
After the third roundup on 11 and 12 September 1942,  Henri visited the empty house across the street, where the 24-year-old Mala Zimetbaum had lived. There, Henri found a complete chessboard which apparently belonged to the young lady.  He took it with him and kept it for decades.  Of Mala, we know that in June 1944, she managed to escape from Auschwitz together with Polish prisoner Edek Galinski.  A few weeks later, though, the couple were arrested again and executed.