This richly illustrated book tells the story of the victims of the Holocaust in Belgium, and gives them a face and a name.
Nearly 700 photos and documents and years of research are bundled in this impressive reference work. The book discusses the Belgian case of the Holocaust extensively, with a focus on the racial persecution of Jews, Roma and Sinti, on the role of perpetrators, victims and bystanders and on the underlying processes of cumulative radicalization and social polarization. The book deals with the rise of the Nazi dictatorship in Germany, anti-Semitism, the pre-war life of Jews, Roma and Sinti in Belgium, the German invasion, the slow-going persecution, robbery and deportation from Dossin barracks.
A series of moving personal stories of victims, perpetrators and bystanders shows the gruesome reality of the Holocaust. In addition, the historical story enters into dialogue with human rights and human rights violations. This publication explores the timeless mechanisms of peer pressure and collective violence that can lead to mass murder and genocide.
Published in collaboration with Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen (Belgium).