Re: (Belgium) Historians Quit Belgium's Holocaust Museum over Anti-Israel Activist Being Honored

Glenda Rubin

I just read the guidelines for posting to the group <> and I don't think the content of this message conforms to them. It does not have genealogical-related content.  The news is about Israel government policy in the occupied territories and BDS; a controversial subject that is off-topic for the group.

in my opinion, such posts don't have a place here.

Glenda Rubin
Richmond, CA

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 4:37 PM Jan Meisels Allen <janmallen@...> wrote:

Kazerne Dossin



Kazerne Dossin is Belgium’s Holocaust Memorial Museum and Documentation Center located in Mechelen, Belgium, and is the location where between 1942 and 1944 over 25,000 Jews and 352 Roma and Sinti were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Many of these people were not from Belgium originally but fled there as the war expanded to their  European countries.  Only just over 5% returned. During this time it was known as the SS-Sammellager Mechelen, a Nazi collection and deportation camp.  The Museum was built by constructing the new museum opposite the old barracks, opening in 2012.


In late 2019, the then museum director resigned because he felt the daily management was focused too much on the Holocaust memorial aspect and not enough on documenting current human rights violations. Earlier this month 10 historians stepped down in protest of canceling an event honoring a vocal Israel critic. Brigitte Herremans, an activist who has called on the European Union to sanction Israel and its citizens, and has accused Israel’s supporters of “inflating anti-Semitism” to deflect criticism, was set to be honored as an “ambassador of peace” by the Catholic aid group Pax Christi.  The Board of Kazerne Dossin suggested it would continue to resist initiatives that it believes will dilute its core mission of commemorating the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators against Jews and other victims.


In full disclosure I have visited this museum in 2012 and IAJGS had as a speaker at one of its conference’s the then director of the Museum.


The website for the Museum is:

Their Documentation Center is The Site is available in Dutch and English. Click on search key.  If you would like to consult the archive or the library you need to submit a research statement. The form is downloadable



This is not the only Holocaust Museum that has undergone similar controversy. Last year the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports, “the director of Berlin’s Jewish museum resigned after the museum tweeted a link to an article defending the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel that the German parliament declared to be anti-Semitic the previous month. The Jewish museum of  Munich was accused last July of libeling Israel in an exhibition that suggested that it is an occupying force.”


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Glenda Rubin
San Francisco Bay Area
Researching: STRYZEWSKI, STRAUSS, JANOFSKY, JANOFF, OBODOV, WERNICK, GREENBERG, KROCHAK. Shtetls: Lipovets, Ilintsy, Pliskov, Starokonstantinov, Krasilov

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