The Train of 1000, a joint undertaking by the Auschwitz Foundation and the War Heritage Institute, honours the memory of the 25.267 people deported to Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944. One of them is the Jewish-German painter Felix Nussbaum.
As of 1933 - the year Hitler rises to power - the artist has to face persecution and exclusion. After a long journey he hides in Brussels for many years, but he is betrayed in the summer of 1944 and ends up at the Dossin Barracks, from where he is deported to Auschwitz by the last train convoy. He is murdered on 9 August 1944. Shortly before his death, he paints “Triumph...
Our 6 sites had to close their doors, but our teams keep calm and carry on during the confinement. Historians and collection managers prepare future exhibitions, the administrative services provide constant follow-up, the security teams guard our precious possessions, … while waiting for your next visit.
The situation is exceptional and we do our utmost to keep in touch with you all. We know that a direct confrontation with an object from the past indeed remains priceless, but the institution nevertheless wishes to maintain its activity and to surprise you in these trying times.
We therefore suggest following...
Check out the War Heritage Institute’s War Dead Register. The register now also contains Second World War victims (in allied service, Belgian resistance, etc.) and counts more than 60.000 entries, mainly relating to the two world wars.
Who belonged to my family and who lived in my town? What was their civilian and military life like? When and how did they die and where were they buried? Read the original entry in the War Graves Service archives. That is the kind of information contained in the www.wardeadregister.be. #culturesurvivechallenge.
The coronavirus makes it impossible to keep the calendar of 5 to 10 May 2020 initially set for the Train of the 1000. Safety indeed prevails.
However, the Auschwitz Foundation and the War Heritage Institute (WHI) found an alternative. The Train of the 1000 is delayed to November 6 to 11, 2020. We greatly appreciate the efforts the schools made all along the term. Their initiatives with regard to tolerance, inclusion and solidarity touch us deeply.
In order to protect the health of our communities and to limit the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to adapt our program. The symposium "Asbestos Exposed. Museum Best Practices" is therefore cancelled.
We hope to offer the same program in a later period and we will keep you informed as soon as possible.
Dear public, culture comes knocking!
We are experiencing exceptional times. The quarantine measures intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus made us shut down our sites. But although our doors are closed, we keep our minds open and our enthusiasm for sharing and transmitting knowledge remains intact! To accompany you in this historical period of consignment and to maintain our link with you, we have prepared a selection of items you will be able to discover over the following days and to share with family and friends through our Facebook page War Heritage Institute and our event #culturesurvivechalle...
The Tutsi genocide in Rwanda (7 April 1994) is commemorated on 7 April and that also is the day on which we honour all veterans. The Second World War ended on 8 May 1945. With the Security Council measures intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus in mind, Defence decided to cancel the national commemoration program. The War Heritage Institute fully adheres to this decision.
The Institute will definitely fulfil its remembrance mission and honour the victims and their families at a later, more suitable, date.
The coronavirus made schools close their doors for an indefinite period of time. Here are some tips to keep your kids active at home.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The coronavirus paralyzes our country, but we can put this experience to good use by observing and being curious. Teaching undoubtedly is a true profession, but educating is everybody’s business. Learning is also possible outside the school perimeter.
Your kids will probably kill time by reading, watching Netflix, playing board and video games, baking or engaging in other manual activities. They will also get bored, but the upsid...
The Train of the 1000 also has to deal with the corona virus epidemic. We - the Auschwitz Foundation and the War Heritage Institute - realize the severity of the situation. We are concerned about your safety, as well as about the safety of our staff. We are currently evaluating how the crisis affects the remembrance trip planned for 5-10 May.
We will keep you posted. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. We will be back with more news as soon as possible.
Updated on March 30
On Thursday 12 March the National Security Council and the federal government took additional measures in an effort to curb the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) in our country. Among other measures, and as a sanitary precaution, gatherings in confined spaces are forbidden and “social distance” is recommended.
The War Heritage Institute will therefore be closed to visitors (through 19 April). This decision with immediate effect is applied to our six sites (i.e.: Royal Military Museum Brussels, Fort Breendonk, Trench of Death Dixmude, Bastogne Barracks, Gunfire Brasschaat, Kemmelberg bunk...