39th year  -  N° 62                 Saturday, 2 March 2024         Antwerpen		
Die Kleinen und die Bösen
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Friday 20th of September 1940

84 years ago

The one and only concentration camp for Belgium is inaugurated by 38-year-old SS-Sturmbannführer and commandant of Fort Breendonk Philipp Schmitt in Breendonk KZ, Breendonk, Antwerpen, Belgium.

Initially prisoners were petty criminals, people deemed anti-social or trespassers of the new race laws. Later on resistance fighters, political prisoners and innocent hostages were detained as well. Another section was used as a transit camp for Jews being sent to death camps such as Auschwitz.