Continue to spread our many stories in 2019 as well. Stories that inspire and encourage to build the society of tomorrow.

Christophe Busch
General director Kazerne Dossin

2018 in figures

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  • The art of war
  • Neighbours 2018
  • Holocaust and Comics
  • Portraits of Witnesses
  • 28.826 Kids and youngsters (in group or individually)
  • 9.608 Adults on training courses
  • 26.567 Adults in their free time
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  • 1.270 Training and lectures
  • 1.219 'State of Deception' at the Parlamentarium (Brussels)
0 Followers, viewers and readers
  • 87.951 unique visitors to the website
  • 6.702 followers on social media
  • 28.469.860 readers and viewers of 500 items

2018 in a nutshell

1 October 2017
(c) André Goldberg, Joods Museum van België (c) André Goldberg, Joods Museum van België
(c) André Goldberg, Joods Museum van België (c) André Goldberg, Joods Museum van België

Guest exhibition: Le passage du témoin

01.10.2017 - 30.01.2018

The first guest exhibition in Kazerne Dossin’s Panorama Room on the fourth floor opened on October 1st. An initiative of the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, the exhibition consisted of 37 portraits of survivors of the Shoah by photographer André Goldberg. His portraits were accompanied by recorded interviews with the survivors.

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22 October 2017
Beeld: Der Krieg, Otto Dix - Ontwerp: Anderzijds Beeld: Der Krieg, Otto Dix - Ontwerp: Anderzijds

Special exhibition: The Art Of War

22.10.2017 – 01.07.2018

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” These words from Sun Tzu’s ancient military treatise ‘The Art of War’ opened the exhibition of the same name. Rather than a defence of war, the exhibition was a robust protest against violent conflict. No fewer than 150 artworks by ten or so artists showed how art condemns death and destruction. Otto Dix, a soldier at the front during the First World War, doesn’t spare visitors its horrors; Picasso and Frans Masereel visualize the sad fate of the civilian population, and George Grosz fiercely attacks those responsible for all the suffering. Today’s change-makers react with well-chosen quotes.

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25 January 2018

To tie in with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 70 pupils attended a performance of POST, a play revolving around correspondence about the deportation of Jews.

28 January 2018

Photographer Andre Goldberg brought the guest exhibition Portraits of Witnesses to a ceremonial close with a free guided tour for visitors.

30 January 2018

The State of Deception exhibition about the role of propaganda under the Nazi regime, opened at the Parlamentarium in Brussels. 1,219 pupils visited the exhibition and learned to take a critical approach to contemporary propaganda. Kazerne Dossin put together the educational programme for the exhibition and museum guides led the tours.

30 January 2018

60 teachers employed by City Education in Antwerp received instruction in active citizenship, which included themes like controversy and polarization, Socratic and intercultural dialogue, controversy and Islam, and project-based learning.

10 February 2018

Spring half-term heebie-jeebies (‘Krokuskriebels’). 160 parents and children followed the family trail Simon’s Story during the half-term break.

18 February 2018
Opening Buren2018 (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Opening Buren2018 (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Opening Buren2018 (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Opening Buren2018 (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

Opening of the guest exhibition Neighbours 2018 (Buren 2018). Photographer Dan Zollman and writer Margot Vanderstraeten used text and image to paint a picture of the small pre-WWII towns in Eastern Europe with a significant Yiddish-speaking population, which were known as ‘Shtetlekh’.

19 February 2018
(c) Dan Zollmann (c) Dan Zollmann

Guest exhibition: Neighbours 2018

19.02.2018 - 17.09.2018

Neighbours 2018 (Buren 2018) was a photographic exhibition by Dan Zollmann and Margot Vanderstraeten. Margot Vanderstraeten came across Dan Zollmann’s work when looking for a cover for her book Mazzel Tov. The Belgian photographer spent years capturing on camera the normally invisible world of Chasidic Jews in his home city of Antwerp. He was the only photographer to be given access to Antwerp’s In Yiddish ‘Shtetl’ means ‘small town in the city’.   

24 February 2018
Portret Laurence Schram (c) Gil Plaquet (c) Gil Plaquet

Laurence Schram’s book Dossin, L’antichambre d’Auschwitz was launched and signed at the Book Fair in Brussels.

28 February 2018
Klasbezoek bij Kazerne Dossin (c) Katrijn Van Giel (c) Katrijn Van Giel

Junior School Teachers’ Day. 52 teachers were introduced to our programme for junior schools. They attended the workshop Simon’s Story together with their families.

4 March 2018

In an Artist Talk, Koen Fillet discussed war and art with Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Sarah Vanagt and Haider Jabbar. Karlijn Maas, Jeroen Goubert, Tamar De Wit and Anayatullah Maryani were the winners of the art competition organized to tie in with The Art of War exhibition.

16 March 2018
(c) Der Hauptmann (c) Der Hauptmann
(c) Der Hauptmann (c) Der Hauptmann
(c) Der Hauptmann (c) Der Hauptmann

In collaboration with Cinemien, Kazerne Dossin organized a Belgian pre-première screening of Der Hauptmann (The Captain). The film directed by Robert Schwentke was shown at the UGC cinema in Antwerp.

27 March 2018
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Bezoek Koningin Mathilde aan Kazerne Dossin (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

Her Majesty the Queen visited the museum, the special exhibition Neighbours 2018 and the memorial. Survivors Simon Gronowski, Dan Zollman, Margot Vanderstraeten and the directors accompanied her on her visit.

31 March 2018
Klasbezoek Mensenrechten in Klare taal, (c) Katrijn Van Giel (c) Katrijn Van Giel

The ‘VIP holiday event’ allowed 378 teachers and their partners to take stock of Kazerne Dossin’s educational programme.

15 April 2018

The subject of Patricia Ramet’s morning story was her father Natan Ramet, Holocaust survivor, founder and honorary chairman of the museum. She told the audience how he survived the Holocaust and picked up life where he had left off.

16 April 2018

The publishing company Lannoo published Dossin, wachtkamer van de dood, the Dutch translation of Laurence Schram’s L’antichambre d’Auschwitz, a compilation of the findings of her research into the Dossin barracks.

18 April 2018
Lezing polarisatie (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Lezing polarisatie (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

GO! and Kazerne Dossin organized a training day on polarization for educators from all school systems.

3 May 2018
Debat Vluchten kan niet meer (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

Kazerne Dossin, the Culture Service of the University of Antwerp, the Vrijzinnige en Pastorale Service of the University of Antwerp and the Humanistische Vrijzinnige Vereniging organized the debate Vluchten kan niet meer (Too late to flee).

4 May 2018

During the study day Propaganda in beeld (Visual Propaganda), Kazerne Dossin and Mediawijs showed teachers how they could incorporate the theme into lessons.

27 May 2018
Francine Lazarus, (c) Katherine Griffiths (c) Katherine Griffiths

Francine Lazarus survived the Holocaust by going into hiding in Belgium. Back in Belgium for the first time after many years in Australia, she narrated the morning story.

14 June 2018

Veerle Vanden Daelen and author Margot Vanderstraeten discussed Jewish Antwerp then and now.

21 June 2018
Lezing polarisatie (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Lezing polarisatie Bart Somers (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

40 burgomasters and local council employees attended a training day on polarization at Kazerne Dossin.

21 June 2018
Christophe Busch (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

Christophe Busch was presented with the Dwaallichtprijs (‘Will o’ the Wisp’ Prize) for his research into criminal behaviour and the way he makes it relevant to education today.

22 June 2018

Three of Mechelen’s museums – Kazerne Dossin, Hof van Busleyden and the Toy Museum – welcomed 1,369 visitors during Mechelen’s first Museum Night.

30 June 2018

Writer Peggy Poppe presented her children’s book Hannah’s Doll (Een pop voor Hannah), the story of how grandmother Charlotte Hamburger made a rag doll for her daughter while in prison.

1 July 2018
Schoolbezoek basisonderwijs (c) Sam Haeghens (c) Sam Haeghens
Schoolbezoek basisonderwijs (c) Sam Haeghens (c) Sam Haeghens

Parents and children put out feelers during the ‘feel edition’ of Fly’s Treasures (Schatten van Vlieg) and explored the family trail Simon’s Story.

6 September 2018

Ronny Vandecandelaere keert in zijn theatermonoloog Als twee olifanten vechten terug naar de Rwandese genocide in 1994.

9 September 2018

The annual Open Monuments Day brought no fewer than1,289 visitors to Kazerne Dossin

16 September 2018
Opening tentoonstelling Holocaust & Strips (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Opening tentoonstelling Holocaust & Strips (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Opening tentoonstelling Holocaust & Strips (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Opening tentoonstelling Holocaust & Strips (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt
Opening tentoonstelling Holocaust & Strips (c) Guy Kleinblatt

Jacques Fredj, director of the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, opened the new Holocaust and Comics exhibition. A panel consisting of cartoonists Yslaire and Judith Vanistendael and experts Joël Kotek, Kees Ribbens and Veerle Vanden Daelen shed light on the subject.

17 September 2018
Beeld: Yslaire, Ontwerp: Anderzijds Beeld: Yslaire, Ontwerp: Anderzijds

Special exhibition: Holocaust and comics

17.09.2018 - 23.06.2019

Fact and fiction are opposites. Or are they? History is increasingly dressed up as fiction, and the Holocaust is a prime example of this. Graphic novelists have been tackling the subject of the Holocaust since the 1970s: at times with apprehension and hesitation, but also with respect. Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel ‘Maus’ has acquired a place in the literary canon, but many other cartoonists have also sought to address the subject of the Holocaust through their work. In the exhibition, more than 200 comic strips, graphic novels and manuscripts guide visitors through the fictionalization of the Holocaust.

3 October 2018

Kazerne Dossin unveiled two new display cases in the permanent exhibition.  One of the display cases now contains the teddy bear placed in KD’s care by a former “brother and sister”-in hiding. The bear was given to young Norbert Vos-Obstfeld by Mona Verhage to comfort the boy while they were in hiding in the war. The second display case is devoted to the story of Jos Hakker, inventor of the ‘Antwerp hands’, who was deported from Dossin barracks. His granddaughter Joyce Hakker entrusted Kazerne Dossin with memorabilia (baking tins, tablecloths, photographs, postcards, etc.).

29 October 2018

During the autumn half-term break, four of Mechelen’s museums presented their educational programmes to teachers who had expressed an interest. 189 teachers and their partners made their way to Kazerne Dossin.

7 November 2018

Kazerne Dossin’s new scientific board met for the first time. Its members, who are attached to universities and research centres, make their expertise available to Kazerne Dossin.

30 November 2018

At the annual portrait celebration, 399 new photographs of deportees were unveiled. 127 of them are of Jews transported from Belgium via France. Pupils from the Busleyden Atheneum in Mechelen read out their names. Dorien Styven told the story of Boris Averbruch, the man behind the 20,000th portrait.

2 December 2018

Public Weekend. Kazerne Dossin celebrated 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and threw open its doors for a weekend packed with free activities, which were enjoyed by more than1,300 visitors.

6 December 2018

A final conference Civil Servants, Holocaust and Human Rights brought the three-year international congress cycle Connecting Law & Memory to a close in Brussels. Christophe Busch presented a handbook of recommendations for professionals, policy-makers and public servants. Commissioner General of the Federal Police Marc De Mesmaeker presented the findings of the impact study relating to the Holocaust, Police and Human Rights training course.

13 December 2018

In collaboration with the General Prosecutor’s Office Antwerp and UNIA (Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism), Kazerne Dossin organized a themed day on mediation and measures in criminal cases relating to ‘hate speech’, negationism, racism and anti-Semitism. Together magistrates and judicial assistants reflected on the way forward

Public mediation

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Talks, lectures and training sessions for groups

Staff members gave talks, lectures, instruction and training sessions to groups of students, pupils, professionals and socio-cultural organizations on a whole range of subjects:

  • The Dossin barracks 4
  • Roma en Sinti3
  • Auschwitz and perpetrators2
  • Holocaust and Remembrance Education2
  • Archiving1
  • Remembrance culture5
  • Criminal behaviour28
  • Bystander behaviour18
  • Cumulative radicalization19
  • Polarization30
  • Participating in debates7
  • Accompanying study trips2
(c) Lavinia Wouters, CGC FedPol (c) Lavinia Wouters, CGC FedPol

Training session ‘Holocaust, Police and Human Rights’

In 2018, 1,636 members of the integrated police followed the Holocaust, Police and Human Rights training session (HPM in Dutch). A total of some 8,390 members of the police force have benefitted from the training sessions since the project was launched in 2014. The first training session in German was also organized.

In 2017 a large-scale survey was carried out among the course participants in association with a research team from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The findings of this impact study, which were presented to the public on December 6th 2018, revealed that the training sessions did have an undeniable impact on the participants. Not only were they moved emotionally, but they also relate more to the cases they encounter and are more inclined to take action if a colleague behaves improperly. After following the course, participants also feel a closer connection with the police. The study also showed that these effects are lasting but vary according to the various work situations.

The Holocaust, Police and Human Rights training session (HPM) project was also included in a documentary on diversity in the Belgian police force.

The training session gives an honest account of what happened before and during the Second World War and sometimes still happens today! The coaches had a thorough command of the subject matter and linked it to the present day.

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Connecting Law and Memory Conference (CLM)

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Kazerne Dossin and the Federal Police staged ‘Civil Servants and Human Rights’, the last conference in the Connecting Law and Memory cycle.

The findings of the last three years were presented in the form of a handbook of structural quality standards for policy advisors and professionals looking to implement training programmes for government employees.

European projects

The Connecting Law and Memory (CLM) network helps promote the exchange of new, inspirational and innovative practices. January saw the kick-off meeting for the RETHINK project in Sevres (France). The RETHINK project (Remembrance Education for THINKing critically) aims to facilitate the dissemination of programmes that promote tolerance and respect towards diversity and to provide innovative tools to combat prejudice and polarization, while developing media literacy and critical thinking skills among students.

March saw the launch of the European project HHEINA (Horizontal Historical Education in Non-Discriminative Activities) in Warsaw on anti-discrimination training sessions for teachers and the police. Kazerne Dossin works with the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Anne Frank Foundation developing training courses and manuals for both target groups.  

Special Committee for Remembrance Education 

The Bijzonder Comité voor Herinneringseducatie (BCH, Special Committee for Remembrance Education) celebrated its 10th birthday, which was deemed an appropriate time to review the remit and future direction of remembrance education. The network did this following the broad attainment level debate (2016) and the publication of the book from which teachers can draw inspiration about learning lessons from the past, entitled Vroeger gaat niet over: Herinneringseducatie als pedagogische praktijk (The past is never over: Memorial Education as Pedagogic Practice, 2017). This current vision is disseminated via the BCH’s website and by means of a variety of training sessions and study days. In 2018 the BCH strengthened its ties with Dutch partner institutions like the Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei and the members of the Stichting Musea en Herinneringscentra. In 2018 the BCH also supported numerous external projects, offered advice, etc. Furthermore, the BCH contributed to various study days on controversy and polarization in the classroom, organized by Kazerne Dossin. In addition, Kazerne Dossin has a seat in the ‘Conseil de la Transmission de la Mémoire de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles’.

Polarization project

Polarization was a central theme in Kazerne Dossin’s 2018 training offering. Lectures and study days were organized for various target groups, including educational institutions, local councils and trade unions. New work practices and short didactic films were developed to make all these training sessions as practical and specific as possible.

Kazerne Dossin did not do this alone. The Dutch philosopher Bart Brandsma provided several members of staff with instruction on ‘polarization strategy’. This was part of the launch of a Flemish network of researchers and polarization strategies, the development of didactic work practices and a new digital knowledge platform. At international level, Kazerne Dossin worked on a ‘network against polarization’ in which, in the first instance, partners from the Netherlands and Bosnia-Herzegovina met to reflect on how to combat social polarization.


Four times a year more than 60 guides assemble for a training evening when they build on their knowledge of how to answer questions about Jewish culture, how archive documents can be used in the museum, and how to integrate the human rights story into their guided tours. An experienced support team evaluates the guides’ performance and makes any necessary adjustments. Further improvements were made to the internal website for guides in 2018.  It provides guides with a great deal of support material as well as information about the latest developments and innovations.

It was a very interesting guided tour. Customized to the age of the group members and the objectives of the visit. On the one hand, you learn about how it all happened, on the other hand you learn about human rights.

External events

Drawn to its extraordinary architecture and central location, in 2018 no fewer than 19 companies and organizations chose Kazerne Dossin as the venue for meetings, workshops, study days, etc. Many took the opportunity to pay a visit to one of the exhibitions.

museumshop (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

Museum shop

To tie in with the Holocaust and Comics exhibition, a wide range of comics and graphic novels went on sale in the museum shop in the autumn. The range can also be viewed on the Kazerne Dossin website. The shop saw a 65% increase in turnover in 2018.

Collections & research

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Gabriel Bauden bequest

Jenny Imberechts was the young sweetheart of Gabriel Bauden who was deported and never returned. Until her dying day, she kept four photographs of him, a postcard and the letter he threw out of the deportation train. In 2018 family friends gifted the original items to Kazerne Dossin.

Louft family bequest

The Louft family suffered terribly in the war. Son Mozes was murdered in Breendonk, mother Braine and her other two children did not survive deportation. Only the son Marcus managed to escape by enlisting in the British army. In 2018 Marcus’ only daughter Liliane gave the museum a copy of her precious collection of family photographs.

Bequest of Marcel Strauch’s diary

Marcel Strauch went into hiding in Brussels. He kept a diary from the end of March 1943 to the beginning of September 1944. At the time of liberation, the manuscript consisted of 18 entries. Marcel’s family gifted the original diary to Kazerne Dossin, with thanks to Professor Alain Goldschlager.

Hinda Gelernter bequest

In 1932 Hinda Gelernter married her non-Jewish fiancé Jean Gorren. This marriage saved her from deportation after being confined to Dossin barracks in July 1943. Jean sought the intervention of the queen and Hinda was released. Both survived the war. Their daughter Edith Gorren gave Kazerne Dossin a digital copy of her mother’s documents.

Awret family bequest

In 2018 Uziel Awret, son of artists and former prisoners in Dossin barracks Azriel Awret and Irène Spicker, added 37 etchings to the family collection preserved at Kazerne Dossin. His father Azriel made the prints after the war.

Godschalk family bequest

Elisabeth Godschalk lost her entire family during the war. Mother Sara Tokkie died in March 1942, father Samuel died doing hard labour in Northern France and sister Judith did not survive deportation from Dossin barracks. In 2018 Elisabeth’s son Désiré De Waele presented Kazerne Dossin with a copy of the family archive in memory of those family members.

Anielewicz family bequest

The brothers Hersz and Israel Anielewicz did hard labour in Northern France in1942. Hersz managed to escape, but Israel was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Both men managed to send letters to their wives. In 2018 Martine and Albert Aniel, Hersz’ children, gifted the originals to Kazerne Dossin.

Bequest of police objects

After the closure of the Police Museum Wommelgem in 2018, the board and curator Christof Verelst entrusted Kazerne Dossin with several objects, including three helmets, the full uniform of a Mechelen policeman and a folder containing documents about the mobile corps in Mechelen in 1943-1944.

9. Bequest of religious books belonging to Mozes Schenker

During building work in 2018, Farouk El Afi and Cindy Doolaege discovered a set of religious books hidden away in their attic. Kazerne Dossin helped them identify the owner as Mozes Schenker. Sadly he and his family did not survive deportation from Dossin barracks. The El Afi-Doolaege couple entrusted these important items to Kazerne Dossin.

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Digital image bank

The digital image bank was also added to in 2018. 37 collections were given a place on the portal. The Collections & Research team digitized and described new gifts and systematically added these to the image archive with the result that users now have an overview of the latest acquisitions at the click of a mouse. The team also updated the existing descriptions. At the end of 2018, visitors to the reading room at Kazerne Dossin and to partner institutions had access to 1,016.000 images in the image archive.

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With modern media the museum shows what the persecution of the Jews was like. History, presentation of facts, all this laced with testimonies of people who witnessed it all.

Collaboration with Felix Archive

The Give them a face project proliferated in 2018. In recent years the Felix Archive in Antwerp indexed ten thousand records of foreigners in the city and made the list of names available to Kazerne Dossin. As a result of comparing the Antwerp lists with the Dossin barracks deportation lists, 180 portraits of deportees found their way onto the commemorative wall of portraits in the museum. During the portraits ceremony on November 30th, Kazerne Dossin paid tribute to the Felix Archive for its work.

Heritage and Restoration training partnership   

In 2018 Kazerne Dossin continued to collaborate on the ‘Heritage and Restoration’ course run by the University of Antwerp. The focus was on conserving different types of objects. Textiles were wrapped in silk paper, metal objects were protected with strong foam in RACO boxes and the precious printed matter was given a cardboard cover. Thanks to this cooperation, the survival of this precious evidence of the Holocaust is assured.

Opening of the reading room

The Research Centre opened a reading room for the general public. Visitors can now go along to the reading room on Tuesdays and Thursdays without an appointment to consult reference works and the like from the library. There is also full access to the image archive from the reading room, enabling visitors to carry out historical and/or genealogical searches there.

Commemoration of deportations 75 years

On August 4th 2017, 75 years to the day after the departure of the first deportation trains from Mechelen, Kazerne Dossin launched the ‘Deportations 75 years on’ series. The date of departure of each convoy was commemorated with biographies of individual deportees or families. The ten stories which appeared online in 2018 struck a chord with the general public.

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European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)

Kazerne Dossin is a partner in the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. Assistant General Manager and Curator Veerle Vanden Daelen is on the EHRI Project Management Board and coordinates the identification and integration of Holocaust-relevant descriptions on the EHRI portal. Kazerne Dossin is one of the first institutions to have successfully installed the ‘EHRI tools’, thereby publishing her archive descriptions for perpetuity on this international research portal. Furthermore, Veerle Vanden Daelen, Laurence Schram, Dorien Styven and Marius Caragea published articles on the EHRI Blogspot.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

In 2018 Italy chaired the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. As a member of the Belgian IHRA delegation, KD’s Assistant General Manager Veerle Vanden Daelen was part of the academic working group and a member of the ‘Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes against Humanity’ committee.

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Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH)

The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) stimulates the use of digital platforms under human scientists. Kazerne Dossin is a member of the ‘Sustainable Publishing of (Meta)Data’ working group. In 2018 the working group organized the international workshop ‘Trust and Understanding: the value of metadata in a digitally joined-up world’. More than 50 experts in the field took part in 17 lectures held in the Public Records Office on May 14th and 15th. In September the working group started editing the collection of contributions, which is due for publication in May 2019.

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Scholarly publications

  • Laurence Schram, Dossin, de wachtkamer van Auschwitz, Lannoo, Tielt, april 2018.
  • Schram Laurence, « Natan Ramet » (notice biographique), in : Nouvelle Biographie nationale, Tome 14, Bruxelles, juin 2018, p. 229-230.
  • « Les sources inexplorées de la caserne Dossin », in : Vingtième siècle – Revue d’histoire, N° 139, SciencesPo-Les Presses, Paris, juillet-septembre 2018, p. 241-252.
  • Styven Dorien, ‘‘Give them a face’: commemorating Belgium as a transit country’, in: Memoria. Memory, History, Education, 2018 (nr. 9), p. 16-25.
  • Vanden Daelen Veerle, Leen Beyers, Sofie De Ruysser, “Pleidooi voor meerstemmigheid. Antwerpse Handjes en Jodenvervolging”, Volkskunde 3 (2018): 397-417.
  • Vanden Daelen, Veerle, “In the Port City We Meet? Jewish Migration and Jewish Life in Antwerp During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries”, Les Cahiers de la Mémoire Contemporaine/Bijdragen tot de Eigentijdse Herinnering nr. 13 (2018): 55-94.
  • Vanden Daelen, Veerle “Antwerp, 1930-2008”, in Marcin Wodzínski, Historical Atlas of Hasidism Princeton/Oxford: Princeton University Press (2018): 183-188 (Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for 2018 in the category for Scholarship, the Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award,
  • Baier, Thomas Michael & Veerle Vanden Daelen, “Foreword: The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the Holy See and the International Conference on Refugee Policies”, in: Steven T. Katz & Juliane Wetzel (eds.), Refugee Policies from 1933 until Today: Challenges and Responsibilities. Berlin: IHRA / Metropol Verlag, 2018: 23-29.
  • Vanden Daelen, Veerle. “Making sure the data fit the researchers – Data identification and investigation in European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)”, in Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities, eds. Agiatis Benardou, Erik Champion, Costis Dallas and Lorna M. Hughes (London/New York: Routledge, 2018) 97-111.
  • Busch, Christophe (2018) “Bonding Images: Photography and Film as Acts of Perpetration,”Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal: Vol. 12: Iss. 2: 54-83,
  • Busch, C., 2018. Some Remarks on the Complexity of Collective Violence – Understanding the Whole. Journal of Perpetrator Research, 2(1), pp.26–32,

Publications (general public)

  • Veerle Vanden Daelen, “Les ‘bienheureux’. L’immédiat après-guerre pour les enfants sauvés”, Adolphe Nysenholc (ed.), L’enfant sauvé: de la cache au statut, Bruxelles: L’ Enfant Caché asbl/Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme/Didier Devillez Editeur, 2018: 57-62.
  • Laurence Schram, “Des enfants juifs devant les lois nazies”, Adolphe Nysenholc (ed.), L’enfant sauvé: de la cache au statut, Bruxelles: L’ Enfant Caché asbl/Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme/Didier Devillez Editeur, 2018: XX-XX.
  • Jana Kerremans & Veerle Vanden Daelen, “Water bij de wijn. Het ontlenen en aanpassen van een tentoonstelling uit Parijs”, FARO. Tijdschrift over cultureel erfgoed, 11 (2018) 4, 48-51.
  • Didier Pasamonik, Joël Kotek, Jana Kerremans & Veerle Vanden Daelen, “De Holocaust en het stripverhaal. Van taboe naar trend?”, Stripgids, oktober 2018, 4, 36-39.
  • Veerle Vanden Daelen & Laurence Schram, “Jos Hakker, de uitvinder van de ‘Antwerpse Handjes’ gedeporteerd uit de Dossinkazerne”, Joods actueel, nr. 123, april 2018.


With thanks to

Kazerne Dossin is also extremely grateful for the following gifts made to the documentation centre:

Gabriel Bauden bequest – family Louft, with thanks to Liliane Louft – Marcel Strauch bequest, with thanks to professor Alain Goldschlager – Hinda Gelernter bequest, with thanks to Edith Gorren – family Awret bequest, with thanks to Uziel Awret – family Godschalk bequest, with thanks to Désiré De Waele – family Anielewicz bequest, with thanks to Martine and Albert Aniel, Politiemuseum Wommelgem bequest, with thanks to Christof Verelst – Mozes Schenker bequest, with thanks to Farouk El Afi and Cindy Doolaege – Georges Bouillart bequest, with thanks to Maria Roegiers – Patrick de Haas bequest – Désiré de Waele bequest – Albert Fessel bequest – Jacques Funkleder bequest – Michal Gebert bequest – family Goffaux-Indekeu bequest, with thanks to Lut Praet – mr. en mrs. De Groof-Galliaert bequest – Felicie Gruszow-Bloch bequest, with thanks to family Bloch and Regina Sluszny – Abraham Hofnung bequest, with thanks to Sara Rybski-Hofnung – Jozef Huysmans bequest,  with thanks to Yves Van den Brande – Sarah Katznelson-Slager bequest, with thanks to Wieske Veldhuis – Jack Kesselman bequest – Pierre Klein bequest, with thanks to Nicole Klein and prof. Jan Leysen – Serge Kwintner and family bequest – Dominique Labordery bequest

Roland Levi bequest – Roger Loria bequest – Frank Luyts bequest – Marc Michiels bequest – family Puterman bequest ( with thanks to Serge Klarsfeld) – Willy Rajter bequest – Etienne Steel bequest( with thanks to Bob and Luce Steel) – Paula Tallieu bequest (with thanks toMichel Dierickx) – traktaten over sporthelden by André Taerwe bequest, with thanks to Erik Taerwe, Lord of Lochaber – Richard Van Houcke bequest, with thanks to Sabine Claeys – Flor Van Laer bequest – Jacky Weimann and family bequest – Jacques Wenger bequest – Marc Zalcman bequest

Kazerne Dossin wishes to thank all the researchers, family members and friends of deportees who made photographs available for KD’s wall of portraits.

Kazerne Dossin would like to thank the following persons for their gifts to the library: De Slegte bookshops (Antwerp branch), Mrs. Ida Bornsztajn-Opal, Mrs. Patsy Brigou, Knight Jean de Codt,  Mr. Maurice Dirix, Mr. Ignace Lesnicki, Mr. Marc Michiels, Mrs. A. Minnes, Mrs. Denise Ramet, Mr. Jan Teugels and Mrs. May Van Ruyssevelt-Suykerbuyk (widow of Professor Gérard Koene).

Marketing & Communication

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Website, mailings and social media

Kazerne Dossin restructured its existing website and freed up space for even more customized information. The museum continued to pay for advertising (AdWords) and clocked up125,000 visits to its website. Kazerne Dossin’s daily Facebook posts generated a total reach of 869,850 users. Kazerne Dossin adapted the GDPR regulation to its CRM system for newsletters and continued its targeted communications.


Kazerne Dossin was mentioned 500 times in the press, a 44% increase on the previous year. 50% of the coverage appeared online, 23% in regular newspapers and 9% on radio and television. The museum reached a total of 28,469.860 readers and viewers, equivalent to €26,910.208 of media value. Highlights included the opening of the Holocaust and Comics exhibition, the inauguration of the new display cases and the portrait celebration. The views of KD experts were increasingly sought on topical news items such as hate speech, discrimination and polarization.

Holocaust and Comics

A campaign was launched for the Holocaust and Comics exhibition, which included a poster campaign in Flemish stations, targeted advertisements in newspapers and magazines, a social media campaign and the distribution of posters and flyers. Kazerne Dossin was also represented at the Culture Market in Antwerp and at Uit zonder Uitlaat(Car-free Sunday) in Mechelen.

Feedback from our visitors



  • full-time employees21
  • men8
  • women13
  • part-time employees3
  • people joined2
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  • seconded employees (integrated police)2
  • Guides57
  • Volunteers (hosts and stewards)23
  • HPM coaches76
  • Students on work placement11

Kazerne Dossin took the necessary steps to comply with the new privacy legislation (General Data Protection Regulation) and so protects the private data of (among others) employees and volunteers. The Social Secretariat’s legal department drew up a special Privacy Policy for the enterprise which informs staff of their rights and obligations under the new regulation. Kazerne Dossin also prepared for the new legislation relating to ‘bijklussen’, i.e. the right to earn additional non-taxable income for performing activities on behalf of a socio-cultural organization. From January 2019 several guides will qualify for this.

Furthermore, Kazerne Dossin continued to implement its HR career policy (recruitment process, performance management, training and personal development programme). Kazerne Dossin sets great store by well-being and endeavours to protect its employees from burnout. The organization seeks to boost retention through employee recognition and to encourage a good work-life balance through teleworking, team lunches, etc.

Panoramazaal (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt

Subsidies and partners

Kazerne Dossin regards building bridges between past and present as part of its social responsibility. Several Belgian and European governments along with national and international partners and donors help us achieve this objective. As well as the regular grant from the Flemish Government, the City of Antwerp continues to support the daily running of the museum, memorial and documentation centre.

Thanks to project subsidies, specific fields were also given a helping hand. Kazerne Dossin was able to reinforce its educational work and its research projects nationally and internationally by means of King Baoudouin Foundation incentive programmes, and from within the European partner projects EHRI, RETHINK and HHEINA. For the special exhibition Holocaust and Comics, Kazerne Dossin received additional support from the National Lottery, from media partner Klara and from its Mechelen partner Het Anker.

Friends scheme and

This year the museum welcomed some 30 new Friends, while many loyal Friends renewed their commitment. Furthermore, in 2018 Kazerne Dossin received over 90 financial donations from individuals and victims’ family members, either directly or through the King Baudouin Foundation’s project account and as a result of targeted fund-raising campaigns during the Public Weekend and the Warmest Week. From 2019, an online crowd-funding module will give everyone the chance to support the museum and memorial projects. Furthermore, no fewer than 50 interested individuals were sent a comprehensive information pack about the ‘duo bequest’ campaign set up by Kazerne Dossin with

Opleiding polarisatie met Bart Brandsma (c) Guy Kleinblatt (c) Guy Kleinblatt


Kazerne Dossin continued to invest in the professionalization of its team by means of organization-wide and individual training courses. Courses in time management, cooperation through DISC, safety and awareness, fire-fighting, dealing with aggression and EHBO were organized for all members of staff. A series of team management training sessions was organized for managers. Furthermore, several employees honed their skills in their own fields: archivism, WordPress, GDPR, SEO, friendraising, socio-legal updates, contra-terrorism, and polarization management. Several employees also attended lectures and colloquia and took part in study trips relating to the Holocaust, human rights and museology.

Security, infrastructure and environment

All Kazerne Dossin’s security officers, employees, guides and volunteers attended training sessions in the various aspects of ‘security awareness’. Kazerne Dossin did its bit to reduce its impact on the environment by installing solar panels on the roof of the museum. They have been in operation since February 2018. In 2018 steps were taken to install safe cloud-based email and telephony solutions. The working groups also made a start on renovating the memorial, which will reopen in the autumn of 2019.

With thanks to

Everything achieved in 2018 was the result of the fantastic commitment of all the members of staff, guides, volunteers and students on work placement at Kazerne Dossin.

The members of the Board of Directors and General Meeting played a vital role in Kazerne Dossin’s successful year. 

Kazerne Dossin also wishes to thank founding partners, sponsors and Friends. Special thanks must go to the family members and friends of victims for their donations and gifts.  

Flemish Government—City of Mechelen—Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference)—International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance(IHRA) —The Springer-Chasman family—Guido Knops VOF—Council of Europe—The National Lottery— Rothschild Hanadiv Foundation—Brussels-Capital Region—Department International Flanders—Flemish  Ministry of Education— Flemish  Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sport and Media—King Baudouin Foundation— SD Worx—European Social Fund (ESF)— Visit F—Visit Mechelen and MARCOM Mechelen, et al