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Antwerp commemorates World War II

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Antwerp’s liberation. But the war did not end immediately and would have a devastating impact on the lives of many Antwerpers. 

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Events commemorating World War II in Antwerp

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Skyline Antwerpen

Antwerp's war scars

Here are some important events in World War II in Antwerp. View them on the map or chronologically on the timeline.

August 1942

The first large-scale raids on Jews in the city

20 and 21 November 1942

Executions of Antwerp members of the resistance movement at the shooting range in D’Herbouvillekaai

October - November 1944

The Battle of the Scheldt: the Allies and the Germans fight to control the port

16 December 1944

A V2 falls on Cinema Rex: 567 people died

Themes

Learn more about the story of World War II in Antwerp based on 6 important themes.

Resistance or collaboration

The end of the war: the liberation of Antwerp and its port

Antwerp’s city council during the occupation

Daily life and survival in occupied Antwerp

The persecution of the Jews in Antwerp

Bombing raids and V-weapons on Antwerp

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