No fewer than 25,844 Jews, Roma and Sinti were deported from Dossin barracks in Mechelen during the Second World War. Most never returned. Today their families can seek solace in a serene and intimate memorial in the old barracks building. There they will hear names being read out and they may find photographs of their loved ones and discover evidence of their last days.
Opposite the old barracks is the Museum on the Holocaust and Human Rights. The museum tells the story of Dossin barracks and invites visitors to reflect on human rights today.