In 1942 the German occupier started summoning and rounding up the Jewish population and bringing them here to the Dossin barracks in Mechelen. In this waiting-room of death, Jews and Roma were robbed of their freedom and forced to live in degrading conditions.
Inside the Memorial you hear and see how their identity was replaced by a number. Some waited here for several days, others months; each hoped to escape a terrible fate.
The audio guide recounts stories of the last traces of the victims. Letters written to loved ones, friends or family are read out and serve as a powerful testimony to this dark period.