Unveiling of the “B” sculpture
The unveiling of the International Auschwitz Committee’s symbolic inverted “B” sculpture took place on Thursday January 30, 2014, in Brussels, in front of the European Parliament.
Listing of the Gestapo Cellars in Brussels
Having worked together for several years for the recognition and preservation of the former headquarters of the Sipo-SD (Gestapo) located at 453 and 347 Avenue Louise in Brussels, Daniel Weyssow, Remembrance of Auschwitz project leader, and Claire Pahaut, secretary of the Groupe Memoire, an association working to preserve memory of the Second World War, are very pleased with the decision made on January 9, 2014, by the government of Brussels, at the initiative of Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, Rudi Vervoort, to begin the process of registering the cellars as historical sites. This is an important process, given that there are many inscriptions on the walls left by Jewish and resistance victims of the occupying forces. The Monuments and Sites directorate will soon begin inventorying the graffiti in the cellars.
More informations and publication
Photo galleries of the basements
Schedule of Remembrance of Auschwitz exhibitions
You’ll find here the calendar of travelling exhibitions made available to the public by Remembrance of Auschwitz and the Auschwitz Foundation.
Excerpt from the Remembrance of Auschwitz DVD about the Dossin Barracks (to be released in late March)
Sarah Timperman, Stéphanie Perrin, 1942-1944. La caserne Dossin à Malines. Des témoins racontent... [1942-1944: The Dossin Barracks in Mechlin. Witnesses Speak...]
This documentary is the second volume in the “Words from the Archives” collection produced by Remembrance of Auschwitz from audiovisual accounts collected by the Auschwitz Foundation.
New pages have been added to the website of Remembrance of Auschwitz The Jewish and Resistance Memory of the “Marolles-Midi” District of Brussels :
Presentation on the website of the Auschwitz Foundation
Website in French / in Dutch
New format for our journal
Read more: Bearing Witness. Between History and Memory
The first dossier in the new format (forthcoming): no. 117 (March 2014): Amis? Ennemis? Relations entre mémoires [Friends? Enemies? Relationships between memories]
Collection “Between History and Memory”
Just published: Peter Kuon, L'écriture des revenants. Lecture de témoignages de la déportation politique. [The Writings of Those Who Returned: Reading Accounts of Political Deportation] (no. 9)
Exhibition “La Musique internée dans les camps de Beaune-la-Rolande et de Pithiviers”
This exhibition about music in internment camps during the Second World War is at the Cercil – Musée-Mémorial des enfants du Vel d’Hiv, in Orléans, France, until March 9.
Between May 1941 and the start of the deportations in June 1942, 3,700 non-French Jews were interned at camps in Beaune-la-Rolande and Pithiviers. Day followed day, week followed week, month followed month without the slightest sign that release was near. In addition, anti-Semitic persecution was intensifying in Paris, affecting their families. While some prisoners had the opportunity to work outside the camps, the majority remained behind the barbed wire, abandoned to idleness, in the grips of increasing fear...
Among the men imprisoned were musicians, composers, and conductors. To resist, they organized musical activities for other internees: chorale, orchestra, private lessons, singing lessons...
France 3 television report on the exhibition
More information and Press Release (pdf)
(Information published as part of the partnership between the Auschwitz Foundation and Res Musica)
Publication of “Ces enfants, ils ne les auront pas!”
May 1943. Belgium had been marching to German time for three years. A young Brussels native of seventeen, a hidden clandestine Jew, discovered by chance that the Gestapo was planning to round up fifteen Jewish girls hidden in a nearby convent. Listening only to his outrage and his courage, he made himself a promise: “They” will not get those children! He had only a few hours to act. A race against time and death had begun. He had to ask for help from Paul Halter, one of the leaders of the Armed Partisans in the capital, himself a Jew. That very evening, improvising everything and breaking all of the rules for safety the resistance usually followed, he participated in the kidnapping of the girls to keep them out of the hands of the Gestapo. The girls were taken in by the famous Comité de Défense des Juifs [Jewish Defense Committee] and all of them survived the Nazi manhunt and the war. After those first steps with the Resistance, Bernard Fenerberg was fully involved until he lost contact with the comrades in his group, in April 1944, after numerous arrests among the Partisans.
Bernard Fenerberg, Ces enfants, ils ne les auront pas ! Récits de guerre et de résistant d'un ketje de Bruxelles [They Will Not Get Those Children! Tales of War and Resistance by a Brussels Boy], foreword by Anne Morelli, Mons, Couleur livres, 2014, 126 p. (ISBN 978-2-87003-630-3; price: €13.00)
Further reading: article in the journal of the Centre d'Action Laïque: Sylvie Lausberg, “Ces enfants, ils ne les auront pas!”, Espace de libertés , no. 425, January 2014, p. 8-10. (pdf in French)
Link to interviews with some of the women saved
Forumday 2014 “De tegenstem”
As it does every year, the BCH (Special Committee for Remembrance Education) is organizing an education day/forum on remembrance on March 25, 2014. This year the theme focuses on “De tegenstem” [opposing voices].
Exhibition by Jan Vanriet “Gezichtsverlies” at the Kazerne Dossin Museum in Mechlin
Anvers painter Jan Vanriet is presenting for the first time an exhibition of his works inspired by the war. Accounts of war and destruction, disappearances and persecutions, the painter’s work is deeply marked by the violent history of the 20th century. The exhibition is on display until March 30, 2014.
Publication of “Congo aan den Yser”
The First World War brought to Europe many Spahis, Zouaves, Sikhs, Tirailleurs, Chinese, and other people from the colonies. This often overlooked chapter of history is now the subject of a book by Griet Brosens, an historian with the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War. She took a particular interest in the epic of 32 Congolese soldiers who came to fight in Belgium. An inquiry led by the Belgian army in 1918 in fact confirmed that these 32 men distinguished themselves in Namur, Anvers, and at the Battle of the Yser. Balamba, Yoka, Soumbou, Manglunki... Who were they? What role did they play? This book tells the story of the war through the eyes of these 32 volunteers, from cradle to – for most of them – grave.
Published in Dutch by Manteau in 2013, it is available in bookshops or directly from Warveterans – INIG by addressing an email to email@example.com. €22.50 (with an addition of €3.85 for shipping in Belgium).
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