210 Holocaust victims honoured at portrait ceremony in Mechelen

Kazerne Dossin, the memorial, museum and research centre on Holocaust and Human Rights in Mechelen, held its tenth portrait ceremony.

During the ceremony, 210 people deported from Mechelen will be “given a face.”

“Giving a face” is what Kazerne Dossin, a former concentration camp, refers to in its research of associating photographs with the names of Holocaust victims. The research centre has continued to look for the 4,939 photos of people who still do not have a portrait to honour their memory.

Each year, the Portrait Ceremony commemorates the 25,843 Holocaust victims who were deported from Mechelen and taken to various camps, many of whom never returned.

In recent years, 20,904 people have been identified with a photograph while 4,939 other names have not yet been given a face. Since 2013, newly found photos have been added to the portrait wall every year thanks to the ‘Give them a face’ campaign.

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