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Ghent and WWII

The Germans are here again

May 23 1940: Ghent falls into the hands of the German soldiers. A war mayor is appointed. What’s the impact of war on the daily lives of the inhabitants? What exactly was the German oppression? Meet the victims and heroes of the violence of war.

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Nearly immediately after the town’s intake of the army the Leopold barracks and the bunker in the Park became the epicenter of the German commando. The Germans leave their mark on culture through the Ghentian Opera. The Militärverwaltung, the military administration, rules the University where guest colleges are held in German. The guide will take you along the commemorative plates of deportees and Ghentians fallen in action. Ghent and its surrounding municipalities escaped the bombardments of 1940, but some of them were destroyed by the ‘friendly fire’ of 1944. A walk that evokes a time of turmoil.

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Practical information
  • Meeting point at the entrance to the former Post office, on the Korenmarkt or in consultation with the guide
Meeting point Ingang van het voormalige Postgebouw, Korenmarkt
Point of arrival
Languages Dutch, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
Price from € 85
Duration 2 h