The 1000 Train is a joint initiative of the War Heritage Institute and the Auschwitz Foundation to commemorate the victory of democracy over Nazi Germany.
War Heritage Institute
The War Heritage Institute is an organisation of the federal government. One of its main tasks is to keep the memory alive of all the wars in which the Belgians have been involved. The WHI includes 6 sites from which two are World War II-related: the Royal Army Museum (Brussels) and the National Memorial of the Fort of Breendonk, but also a "Memory" service whose guides go to schools with traveling exhibitions or organizing memorial tours.
It was in 1980 that the Auschwitz Foundation was created, under the leadership of Paul Halter, a survivor of Auschwitz. Substituting the Belgian Association of Former Political Prisoners of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Camps and Prisons in Silesia, the Auschwitz Foundation's primary objective is the study of the history and memory of the victims of the Shoah and of Nazi terror, in a sustainable and systematic way. Memory transmission and preservation of archives concerning these facts complete this goal.