Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

Mechelen/Malines (Kazerne Dossin) to Auschwitz

« Back to Projects Dashboard

view all

Profiles

  • Johanna Guggenheim (1876 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Guggenheim, Johanna geborene Wolf geboren am 15. Juni 1876 in Wangen / Konstanz / Baden wohnhaft in Randegg Emigration: 26. Juli 1938, Sch...
  • Ellen Frohwein (1933 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Frohwein, Elen Ellen geboren am 21. August 1933 in Mainz / - / Hessen wohnhaft in Mainz Emigration: 1939, Frankreich Belgien Deportation...
  • Erna Frohwein (1898 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Frohwein, Erna geborene Guggenheim geboren am 13. März 1898 in Randegg / Konstanz / Baden wohnhaft in Randegg Emigration: Belgien ...
  • Mathilde Tirza Rothschild (1923 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Rothschild, Mathilde Tirzah geboren am 13. November 1923 in Hamburg / - / Hansestadt Hamburg wohnhaft in Hamburg Emigration: Belgien Depor...
  • Betty Rothschild (1895 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Rothschild, Betty geborene Flörsheim geboren am 20. Mai 1895 in Hamburg / - / Hansestadt Hamburg wohnhaft in Köln Emigration: ...

Mechelen/Malines

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.

"'USHMM"'

"'Kazerne Dossin"'

"'Transport XX"'