Auschwitz Foundation - One-day conference on the Brussels Gestapo Headquarters: Friday 21 October 2011

The subject of the one-day conference organized by Remembrance of Auschwitz and the Auschwitz Foundation at the Bibliothèque Royale will be “The Brussels Gestapo Headquarters – Recognition and Conservation” and the possibility of having the building’s cellars classified as a national monument.



During the Second World War, the German security services (the Sicherheitspolizei and Sicherheitsdienst, i.e. the Gestapo), requisitioned three buildings situated at 453, 347 and 510 Avenue Louise in Brussels. Nothing about these buildings now attracts the attention of passers-by, except for the memorial dedicated to Jean de Sélys Longchamps and a plaque on the facade of 453 Avenue Louise. (On 20 January 1943, Jean de Sélys Longchamps, a Belgian aviator who had joined the British RAF, machine-gunned the Gestapo buildings from the air, severely damaging them). Yet they are among Belgium’s most important and most symbolic Second World War sites of evil memory, as they were the premises of those who carried out the arrests of so many resistance fighters and organized the deportation of the Jews of Belgium and the north of France. Indeed, many survivors have given testimony on the interrogations and tortures which took place in them.


The one-day conference will take place on Friday 21 October 2011 at the Bibliothèque Royale of Belgium (Lippens Auditorium).


The morning session will deal with the history of the Brussels Gestapo headquarters and some of its branches and offshoots in Belgium and northern France. The afternoon will be devoted to the possibilities for conserving the inscriptions carved on the cellar walls by the Nazis’ victims.


Presentation and detailed program of the one-day conference (pdf in French) (pdf in Dutch)



Videos of the contributions




To register for the one-day conference or obtain further information, contact Daniel Weyssow:

Tel: +32 (0)2 512 79 98 – Fax: +32 (0)2 512 58 84 – Contact by email


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