Life before the war

The restored Memorial reopened on January 27th 2020.
The old military barracks is now a memorial to the numerous people who waited here in desperation and terrible fear before going on to die in unspeakable circumstances. The Memorial gives visitors an opportunity to silently remember those victims. For their next of kin, this place has a special significance. It evokes an almost tangible memory of the dramatic hours and days endured by family members. It also takes the place of the missing grave around which family and friends come together to mourn.   

Open the door to the Memorial and you are met by the piercing gaze of many faces. These are the faces of the more than 25,500 Jews and Romany people who were deported to Auschwitz from the Dossin barracks. 

In the first room, photographs and video images paint a picture of Jewish life in Belgium before the war. A picture of an engaged and dynamic community with dreams and expectations. Each and every one of them has a  story to tell. 

The Romani people were a small and diverse minority group in Belgium. Like the Jews, they were also victims of the Nazis.  


With the support of the friends of the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance & the following partners