Hello guys, after seeing Ben Evans thread about Dachau, I've dicided to make a thread about KZ Breendonk. The only one of it's kind in my country, Belgium.
The fort of the small town of Breendonk is on of the many fortress that made a defense ring around the city of Antwerp. The construction of the forts started in 1906/07 and continued till 1914. The first units that were in Breendonk came in 1913.
During WW2 it was used by the Germans for temporary imprisonment for members of the resistance and some jews.
A small garrison of Wehrmacht soldiers were there for security of the camp with also a small unit of Belgian SS men.
The prisoners stayed there for some short period to be deported afterworths to other camps in Germany and the east.
During their stay in the fort, they had to do forced labor. In the beginning the fort was totally beneith a layer of sand for dissimulation reasons during the war.
The sand was completely dug away by the prisoners under the watching eye of their guards.
The fort was during WW2 a very notorious place that made people shiver when hearing it's name. BREENDONK.
The fort is still visitable and it's located about 15km south of Antwerp.