Dossin barracks museum in Mechelen

The Dossin complex was built in 1756 on behalf of Maria Theresa of Austria. The city built the barracks. The building served as an infantry barracks for 2400 soldiers. Later, the property was used for non-infantry and storage. In 1936 the building was named Kazerne Dossin, its full name was Kazerne Dossin de Saint-Georges, named after Lieutenant Général Baron Émile Dossin de Saint-Georges.

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During the Second World War, Kazerne Dossin was set up as a collection and transit camp by the German army. The barracks were ideally located: central between Brussels and Antwerp, the two cities where most Jews lived. A freight railroad next to the complex led the prisoners unseen to the wagons.

Today Kazerne Dossin is a museum, memorial, and documentation center devoted to the Holocaust and human rights in general. You can find it at this address: Goswin de Stassartstraat 153, Mechelen.

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