Bike Touring Highlight
From 1938 to 1945, the largest concentration camp in north-west Germany, the Neuengamme concentration camp, was located in the south-east of Hamburg. More than 100,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in the main camp and in over 85 subcamps. At least 42,900 prisoners died in Neuengamme, in the satellite camps and at the end of the war in the course of the camp evictions. After the end of the war, the British occupation authorities set up an internment camp in the former concentration camp for three years. From 1948 the city of Hamburg used buildings and grounds for the penal system and built two prisons there. In 1965 an international memorial was built on the edge of the site, and in 1981 an exhibition building (“document house”) was added. A resolution passed by the Senate to relocate prison has long been politically controversial. It was not until 2003 and 2006 that the two prisons were closed. This enabled the memorial at the site of the former prisoner camp to be expanded into an exhibition, meeting and study center.kz-gedenkstaette-neuengamme.de/geschichte
September 5, 2020
The former concentration camp Neuengamme and the memorial sites can roughly be divided into three parts from north to south. Above the memorial park, in the middle the former brickworks, below the former SS Hauptwache and the actual camp. This is a frightening reminder of our history and it actually takes hours to fully grasp it.The memorial has gradually emerged in its present extension and form. There were two JVA's on the grounds that were closed or relocated in 2003 and 2006. In 2003, the reorganization began in the former camp and was inaugurated in 2005 as a new memorial and study site. In the present form and extent it exists since 2007, after which the JVA was moved in the former clay pits in 2006 after Billwerder.Left:
June 14, 2017
Good to remember: The Nazis were also in Hamburg ....The garden with the memorial stones is .... idyllic and beautifully located and well maintained. In summer weather and sunshine in the year 81 to GröFaZ it is almost hard to imagine what people suffered here and the other people have tormented. The sculpture then picks you up again.
July 22, 2019
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