Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

Center for historical Studies

Jean- Dolidier- Weg 75

21039 Hamburg



Wrochem, Oliver von Dr.

(Head of Center f. hist. Studies)

Tel. +49 40 428131- 515

Fax +49 40 428131- 501


Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

The Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, located on the historical site of the camp, commemorates the over 100,000 people who were imprisoned in the largest concentration camp in northwest Germany during World War II.

Exhibits on the history of the camp have been held at Neuengamme since October 1981. After expanding to include the grounds of the former prisoners’ barracks, the memorial opened in May 2005 as a centre for exhibitions, international exchanges and historical

Conferences and seminars

Besides opening its doors to groups of visitors, the centre for historical studies also organises conferences and seminars, often in cooperation with other institutions. These
events are based on a programme profile which factors in changes in memorial culture
and in historical and civic education. As the crimes of the National Socialists
become increasingly distant for subsequent generations and contemporary
witnesses are lost, the programme is adjusted to take account of these factors.
The didactic approach behind the programme profile is orientated on reflection
and on conveying the history of National Socialism as it relates to current
issues. In this way, it aims to contribute to the development of democratic
thought and action, the emergence of a shared European identity and the
cooperation between different cultures. Particular importance is placed on the
examination of human rights violations.

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