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Dodendraad, Baarle-Hertog

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  • The Wire of Death was initiated by the German occupation authorities of Belgium in 1915 during WOI. After the armistice in November 1918 this hated electric fence was immediately dismantled. It had... 
    The Wire of Death was initiated by the German occupation authorities of Belgium in 1915 during WOI. After the armistice in November 1918 this hated electric fence was immediately dismantled. It had...  more »
  • I have to be honest...i did not know the story of the Dodendraad (Wire of Death) before my visit. In the city there are many spots along the Dpdendraadroute that explain the story. A nice visit to... 
    I have to be honest...i did not know the story of the Dodendraad (Wire of Death) before my visit. In the city there are many spots along the Dpdendraadroute that explain the story. A nice visit to...  more »
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  • To prevent the Belgians from fleeing into Netherlands during World War, Germany put up an electric fence along the border. But there were many ways in which Belgians fled into Netherlands (though many died trying to escape) and one of the way is this 'passeursraam'. This is a foldable wooden frame which could be inserted between 2 wires and opened up, leaving a insulated opening for people to escape safely. There is a dedicated 38km cycling route called Dodendraadpad (Dead Wire Route) that crosses the sites associated with the World War.
  • a small but beautiful reconstruction of a fence that stood along the entire border with the Netherlands during the First World War that was placed by the Germans to stop possible spies, resistance fighters and refugees from fleeing to the Netherlands or to convey messages, but because there electricity was placed on the fence and there was little or no knowledge of electricity, many innocent civilians were killed.

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