Posted: , Last update: January 3 2016, in Atlantic Wall, Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints, Museums & Collections, U-boats. No Comments

The Grand Blockhouse is a renovated 5 level fortification build by organization Todt and part of the Atlantic Wall. It is located in Batz-sur-Mer, France, and part of the fortress around Saint-Nazaire (about 30 km) the last liberated part of France.

Posted: , Last update: January 6 2016, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints, Labour & Concentration camps. No Comments

Breendonk was built as part of the fortification defence to protect the city of Antwerp and especially the port of Antwerp in addition of the 1859 stronghold. It was only “one” of the forts surrounding Antwerp. Each fort is lying on certain distance from the city. The total line of defence was extended over nearly 95 kilometers. Other forts included in this defensive line are Stabroek, Brasschaat, Kapellen, Lier, Walem….

Posted: , Last update: January 7 2016, in Labour & Concentration camps, Museums & Collections. 1 Comment

From October 29 till November 3th I took a short organized trip to Poland. The organizer called this trip “Poland under the Nazis”. The trip included a stay in Auschwitz (Oświęcim) with visits to Krakow with Schindlers factory, Auschwitz 1 and 2 and Wroclaw before Breslau.

Posted: , Last update: January 7 2016, in Labour & Concentration camps. No Comments

The camp is located South-West of the small city of Auschwitz. It was together with Auschwitz II -Birkenau and Auschwitz III-Monowitz one of the biggest German concentration camps. On the way to the camp the bus passed Auschwitz III-Monowitz, were IG-Farben was located. This place was huge. Our guide told us that in 1944 about 11.000 Jews where working at this place. The liberation and time left only ruins. This labour camp was about 500 meters long and 270 m wide. Around the camp, mostly on private property, you could see some small guardhouses.

Posted: , Last update: January 7 2016, in Labour & Concentration camps. No Comments

The Birkenau concentration camp is a place where I was transfixed. I never imagined it had this size. As far as the eyes could reach barbed wire, guard towers, barracks or what was left of it. I think you can compare it to the size of a small to medium city. If you know some cities in Belgium you can compare it to Leuven or Mechelen and what is left is not even the size as it was.

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