De poort der Zuchten, Gedenkplaats Haaren
Memorial Haaren 1940-1945

Memorial Haaren 1940-1945 - Haaren

N 51.6130821 / E 5.2191182

In Haaren, the Second World War is commemorated on this memorial site. Before the building got a function in the Second World War, this was the building of the former "Groot Seminarie 's Hertogenbosch", the term for a Catholic priest school.

The isolated existence of the priests' students was rudely disrupted when on September 8, 1941, the German occupying forces requisitioned the seminary. From that moment on, the 'Polizei- und Untersuchungsgefängnis Lager Haaren' was established here. The priest students moved to the Mariaoord in Vught, but that convent too was requisitioned by the German occupation in 1942. Meanwhile, the building in Haaren served as a hostage and prison camp.

About 4000 people were imprisoned there. The last prisoners left in 1944, when Haaren was liberated.

At the initiative of two former prisoners, a memorial and museum were realized in this former prison, so that this dark period is not forgotten. The entrance consists of a monumental gate "The Gate of Sighs".
In 2019 a major fire raged here, turning the building into a ruin.

De poort der Zuchten, Gedenkplaats Haaren

Memorial Haaren 1940-1945
Raamse Akkers 15
5076 PC Haaren

Contact details
T: 0411621729

Opening hours
Monday 09:30 - 12:00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Tours are by appointment. Check the website for current opening hours

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