Brussels – Saint Gilles

In a part of Brussels called Saint-Gilles lies a prison which was taken over by the Germans in connection with the occupation of Belgium in may 1940. During the occupation about 30 000 Prisoners were imprisoned at some point. Many prisoners had been sent to prison from the Gestapo headquarters in Brussels and then sent to other prisons/camps in other parts of Europe. Some were also taken to the shooting range in Schaerbeek where they were executed.

Current status: Preserved with monument (2022).

Location: 50°49'20.37" N 04°20'48.51" E

Get there: Tram.

My comment:

The Prison is still in use and the monument stands on a small grassy area in front of the prison gate.

Follow up in books: Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head: The story of Hitler’s SS (1969).