During World War II, 25,843 people were interned in the Dossin Barracks. They were stripped of their names and assigned numbers before their deportation. Join us in recording their names to commemorate each of these deportees.
The girl in the picture is Esther Blau. In the spring of 1924, she was given this name by her parents, Isaak and Helena Blau. In 1942, Esther was imprisoned in the Dossin Barracks because she was Jewish, where she was stripped of her name. It was there that she became a number on a transportation list. Esther was deported from Mechelen to a Nazi camp, along with 25,842 other prisoners. Most of them did not survive. Like so many others, Esther never returned.
Here, in the place where their names were taken from them, we have decided to restitute them, together with you.
From 4 October 2023, Kazerne Dossin is looking for 25,843 readers. Each participant visits the museum to record one name. From 2025, these 25,843 names will resonate in the memorial to commemorate the deportees. By reading their names out loud, the participants will erect 25,843 memorials to all those who were murdered.
You find more information on how to participate here.
Relatives of deportees can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for their registration.