Feels ages since I post anything. Trying to make up with a post with a lot of images.
As you all know (and if you didn't, now you will) I am currently in the process of becoming an engine driver. I don't have a clue how it's done in other countries, but in Belgium it means a year of hard studying. I am only at 1/3 of the task at hand (just finished my phase 1) so I have a lot of books ahead of me. I try to study as much as possible, but one day in august I was fed up and decided to get my head cleared and visit Fort Breendonk, which was a good way to put a thing or two into perspective...
Fort Breendonk is a military fortification situated at Willebroek, near Malines which is best known for its role as a Auffanglager (prison camp) during WW II when the Germans occupied Belgium. Originally built for the Belgian army just before WW I as part of the second ring of defenses to protect Antwerp and its port, It was covered by a five-metre thick layer of soil for defense against bombings, a water-filled moat. The Germans took hold of the Fort added a lot of concreet and changed it to a concentration camp. Here the Germans detained Belgian political dissidents, captured resistance members and Jews. Although technically a prison rather than a concentration camp, the Fort was infamous for its prisoners' poor living conditions and torture. Most prisoners who were detained at the camp were later transferred to larger concentration camps in Eastern Europe.
The fort is well worth a visit ((if you can stomach it) and a lot of the cells and rooms are left in the original state leaving little imagination to the suffering and hardship the inmates had to endure.
Pentax K-1, August 2018.