A memorial to Nazi terror in Western Europe.
Breendonk Fortress was built between 1906 and 1913 to defend Antwerp, Belgium
From September 1940 to September 1944 the fort served as a Nazi 're-education' camp.
About 3,500 ppolitical prisoners passed through Breendonk. 1733 Died.
From the moment they entered the gate, prisoners were subject to constant deprivation, humiliation, and torture.
Every aspect of life was regulated including one daily public 'scheissen' time and meaningless hard labor.
Many prisoners had been 'ratted-out' by friends or relatives.
Torture ensured a steady stream of 'confessions' and arrests.
Death by firing squad or hanging was a likely outcome.
Breendonk was just one of many concentration camps scattered throughout occupied Europe.
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