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Sep 12, 2019 - September 12, Thursday - Fort Breendonk and Theux

September 12, Thursday A sunny morning. We headed for Fort Breendonk, built in the early 1900s to help defend Antwerp. In World War II, the Nazis appropriated and expanded it into a prison for resistance fighters, political prisoner and Jews. It was infamous for its prisoners' poor living conditions and for the use of torture. Of the 3,590 prisoners known to have been imprisoned at Breendonk, 303 died or were executed within the fort itself but as many as 1,741 died subsequently in other camps before the end of the war. It is now a national...

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