Lon’s Puppet Show


① memo 20170729 ~ Lon’s Puppet Show ~ The Antwerp avant garde artist ‘Lon’ Leon Landau made a puppet theater for the children in the Kazerne Dossin transit camp , with 12 puppets like this rebellious character ‘Robin Hood’ filmed here , and eg Till Eulenspiegel (Tijl Uilenspiegel) – but Lon was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 , before the puppet show could took place.
He was a rebel himself , one of the people that hid the tools under the straw on the floor of the cattle cars to help escape the deportees on Transport XX. Interview with Janiv Stamberger ( researcher Kazerne Dossin ) filmed August 18, 2016 at the Wiki Loves Art event in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium.

Transit Camp Mechelen


① memo 20170727 ~ Transit Camp Mechelen ~ Today 75 years ago on July 27, 1942 the “SS-Sammellager Mechelen” collection and deportation camp was opened in the former barracks “Kazerne Dossin”. The building now houses the Kazerne Dossin memorial , filmed here in 2013 – Mechelen , Belgium.

Kazerne Dossin


① memo 20160821 ~ Kazerne Dossin ~ Originally the barracks “Hof van Habsburg” was built in the 18th century to accomodate Austrian soldiers of the Habsburg empire. Shortly before world war 2 the barracks were named after the Belgian commander Dossin. The Dossin barracks (Caserne Dossin / Kazerne Dossin) was used during world war 2 as the detention and deportation camp for people considered jews and gypsies (roma) by the nazis. Now, following the building of the Kazerne Dossin museum it is known as the ‘Habsburg Courtyard’ (Hof van Habsburg / Cour de Habsbourg). The former barracks is now housing both the Kazerne Dossin memorial in the front wing , the Mechelen city archive in the rear wing , and apartments in the side wings.
Film* by Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com (CC BY-SA 4.0) August 18th 2016 session of Wiki Loves Art Belgium , in Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen , Belgium. * A special cut with no burned-in text will follow later this month at Wikimedia Commons.

Faces In The Wind


① memo 20160819 ~ Faces In The Wind ~ Flags with faces of deportees in front of the Kazerne Dossin Museum and Memorial – the former detention and deportation camp ( SS-Sammellager Mecheln ) in Mechelen , Belgium.

Film* by Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com (CC BY-SA 4.0) August 18th 2016 session of Wiki Loves Art Belgium , in Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen , Belgium. * A special cut with no burned-in text will follow later this month at Wikimedia Commons.

Gate Kazerne Dossin


① memo 20160818 ~ Gate Kazerne Dossin ~ View at the museum “Kazerne Dossin” from the gate of the former barracks Kazerne Dossin (now harbors the memorial) , Closing tonight of the Nocturne of Wiki Loves Art in Dossin, Mechelen , Belgium.

Film* by Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com (CC BY-SA 4.0) August 18th 2016 session of Wiki Loves Art Belgium , in Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen , Belgium. * A special cut with no burned-in text will follow later this month at Wikimedia Commons.