A standard visit takes a minimum of two hours.
- Groups should always book.
- Individuals should not make reservations.
Only animals accompanying disabled persons are admitted.
- Yes, but so that it does not bother other visitors and is only done from the permitted course.
- Images for professional purposes and journalists should be requested from the site administrator via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A soft drink and coffee machine are at the counter.
- Catering can be provided for groups on request.
- At times an occasional café is opened in a unique setting of an emergency residence from the period of the First World War.
The earth of the moat was laid on top of the concrete construction as protection against shell impacts. This earth had to be manually excavated by the prisoners. A pointless exhausting task...
Yes, five prisoners escaped, two of whom were arrested. 1 during transport to the Dossin barracks and 1 escaped internally from the isolation cells. 1 is said to have been killed by the guards during his escape attempt.
We know of two successful suicides in Breendonk. A Berlin journalist, Julius Berger, did try by drowning in the canal, but this was prevented by the camp leadership. He was to die in prison anyway.
No! When the German occupiers took the fort into use, there were still heaps of old Belgian military uniforms that were to be used as a prisoner's duffel.
No! The large chimneys above the kitchen may suggest otherwise... Breendonk, however, was not an extermination camp but a transit camp to be transported from there to concentration camps in Europe.
18 nationalities, most of which are, of course, Belgians, but also many Poles, French, Russians, Germans and Dutch.
- Only 3-4% were women: about 130.
- The youngest prisoner was 15 years and 8 months old.
The corpses left in simple coffins for the military cemetery in Beverlo; they were then buried in the cemetery laid out for war victims at the Rijksschietbaan in Schaerbeek (at the VRT tower in Brussels).
After the war, the moat was completely emptied and cleaned. Huge fish are worth seeing at times!
The resistance fighter "squats but never down on his knees" is a symbol of resistance to repression by extremist ideologies.