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Mechelen/Malines (Kazerne Dossin) to Auschwitz

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  • Hermann Marx (1903 - 1944)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Marx, Hermann geboren am 07. Februar 1903 in Reichelsheim i. Odenwald / Erbach / Hessen wohnhaft in Reichelsheim i. Odenwald und Frankfurt a. ...
  • Dr. Robert von Wassermann (1897 - 1943)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Wassermann, Robert von geboren am 08. Januar 1897 in Berlin / - / Stadt Berlin wohnhaft in Berlin Emigration: Belgien Deportationsziel: ab...
  • Arthur Bloch (1880 - 1943)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Bloch, Arthur geboren am 02. Juli 1880 in Worms / - / Hessen wohnhaft in Frankfurt a. Main Emigration: 1939, Belgien Todesdatum/-ort: 13. ...
  • Margarethe Meyer (1893 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Meyer, Margarethe Margarete geborene Simon geboren am 24. November 1893 in Nordhausen / - / Provinz Sachsen wohnhaft in Köln Emigrati...
  • Irmgard Meyer (1926 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Meyer, Irmgard geboren am 29. Januar 1926 in Köln / - / Rheinprovinz wohnhaft in Köln Emigration: Belgien Deportationsziel: ...


In the summer of 1942, the Germans made preparations to deport the Jews of Belgium. They converted the Dossin de St. Georges military barracks in the city of Mechelen (Mechelen is the Dutch variant and Malines is the French variant) into a transit camp. Mechelen, a city of 60,000, was considered an ideal location for this purpose. Located halfway between Antwerp and Brussels, two cities which contained most of the Jewish population of Belgium, the city had good rail connections to the east.

The first group of Jews arrived in the camp from Antwerp on July 27, 1942. Between August and December 1942, two transports with about 1,000 Jews each left the camp every week for Auschwitz-Birkenau. Between August 4, 1942, and July 31, 1944, a total of 28 trains carrying 25,257 Jews left Mechelen for Poland; most of them went to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Transport XXwas attacked between Boortmeerbeek and Haacht (which is about 15km from Mechelen) by brave Belgians and thanks to these Belgians (Jean Franklemon, Georges Livschitz and Robert Maistriau) 231 deportees out of 1631 succeeded to escape the train.


"'Kazerne Dossin"'

"'Transport XX"'