The two commemorative projects drew heavily on the Brussels City Archives service, which photographed written messages left at the Stock Exchange and subway station following the attacks of 22 March 2016, the office of the Brussels Alderwoman for Culture, Tourism and Great Events, Delphibe Houba, reported. Testimonies were also collected and archived at the archives’ headquarters on Rue des Tanneurs. On 15 March 2018, about 4,000 photos and more than 2,500 digitized messages were uploaded to the website.
The various pages have been consulted close to 5,000 times. The original documents were also consulted by researchers and used by TV channels. The duty to keep the victims’ memory alive required a gigantic amount of minutely detailed and not always visible work by the Archives, the alderwoman said.
The European Union has set aside 11 March for the commemoration of all victims of terrorism. That date refers to the anniversary of the 2004 Madrid attacks that claimed 193 lives. During Monday’s ceremony, organised by the European Commission and the Council of Europe’s working group, Radicalisation Awareness Network, some 25 messages were projected onto big screen and a box named “Heart of Brussels”, preserved by the city’s Archives, was lent for the exposition.
The event of Friday 22 March is a joint production of In2out Productions, Espace Magh and Life4Brussels in collaboration with the Brussels Archives. The documentary, Tous Ensemble, by Fionn Perry and Noureddine Zerrad, follows the daily lives of four victims of the attacks.