Camp Tibor and Sites of Slave Labour (at Dannes)

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In World War II a group of 2252 Jewish men, living in Belgium (some were born in Belgium but many from all across Europe) were stripped of their civil rights by the Germans, then thrown out of work and labelled as 'anti-social elements', and because they were un-employed forcibly separated from this families and deported to work as slave labour on Hitler's Atlantic Wall, in the vicinity of Boulogne and Calais, in July to August 1942. They were sent to some 15 permanent and temporary forced labour camps, mostly along the coast and they were later joined by 650 French Jews who had been deported from camps on the Island of Alderney in the Channel Islands. The Jew from Belgium worked on the Atlantic Wall for three months making bunkers and defences, as well as repairing bomb damage, for Organisation Todt (OT), Hitler's 'super' civil contractor. The camp at Dannes continued to operate throughout the War as the central slave labour camp in the area and administered a network of camps along the line of the coast. The original Jewish cohort was joined and partly replaced by, 'Red' Spaniard and Russian men and boys. At the end of the War it became a German POW camp.

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