Breendonk Memorial

Local nameFort Breendonk
LocationWillebroek, Belgium

Fort Breendonk is a military fortification situated at Breendonk, near Mechelen, in Belgium which is best known for its role as a Nazi prison camp during the German occupation of Belgium during World War II.

Fort Breendonk was originally built for the Belgian Army between 1906-13 as part of the second ring of defenses of the National Redoubt protecting the important port-city of Antwerp. It was covered by a five-metre thick layer of soil for defense against bombings, a water-filled moat and measured 656 by 984 feet.During World War II, the fort was requisitioned by the Germans as a prison camp for detaining Belgian political dissidents, captured resistance members and Jews.

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More information and contact


Official Website


Phone +32 38 66 53 91

Address Brandstraat 57, 2830-Willebroek, Belgium

Coordinates 51°3'24.267" N 4°20'29.873" E

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