Foto von Samson Munn (USA) auf der Konferenz „Umgang mit nationalsozialistischer Täterschaft“. Foto: Mark Mühlhaus, attenzione photographers, 2013.
Samson Munn (USA) at the conference "How the Families of Both Perpetrators and Victims, and Society at Large, Have Dealt with Nazi Crimes from 1945 to the Present Day". Photograph: Mark Mühlhaus, attenzione photographers, 2013. (ANg 2014-457)

Centre for Historical Studies

Alexandra Senfft at the conference "How the Families of Both Perpetrators and Victims, and Society at Large, Have Dealt with Nazi Crimes from 1945 to the Present Day". Photograph: Mark Mühlhaus, attenzione photographers, 2013. (ANg 2014-458))
Foto von Alexandra Senfft auf der Konferenz „Umgang mit nationalsozialistischer Täterschaft“. Foto: Mark Mühlhaus, attenzione photographers, 2013.

The Centre for Historical Studies organises conferences, seminars, further education courses and lecture series that focus on researching and educating about National Socialism, the concentration camp system and how this history was dealt with after the war. For this purpose, the Centre cooperates closely with many scholarly institutions and memorial sites in Germany and abroad.

The Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial regularly meets with other memorial sites and research institutions to discuss the latest developments in the culture of remembrance and historical-political education. Together, we explore issues such as multicultural society and immigration and how history is experienced. By studying Nazi perpetrators and the choices they made, we reflect on values and forms of human action. We also analyse how dealing with Nazi persecution affects families and society, how society changes and how the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the war generation approach National Socialism.

The results of these discussions are also featured in the Memorial’s publications Neuengammer Kolloquien, Neuengammer Studienhefte and Beiträge zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Verfolgung in Norddeutschland.

Publications of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.

The Memorial also assists students with academic theses and can provide accommodation for visiting scholars who want to do research here. Please contact the Centre for Historical Studies for more information.

Regular conferences:

Beiträge Conference
Once a year, a conference is held to prepare the next edition of the publication series Beiträge zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Verfolgung in Norddeutschland (Contributions to the History of Nazi Persecution in Northern Germany). As a rule, the theme of each issue corresponds with the Memorial’s annual exhibition for the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism (International Holocaust Remembrance Day). The conference is a platform for the scholarly exchange of ideas with other memorials, research institutes and academic institutions in northern Germany.

Neuengammer Kolloquien Conference
The Neuengammer Colloquium is an annual conference whose results are published in the Neuengammer Kolloquien publication series. This conference gives junior researchers who are interested in the history of the concentration camp, the site after the war and how Nazi crimes are remembered the opportunity to present their work. It is also a chance to discuss the latest education research as well as the outcomes of private research projects and those funded by external organisations. All researchers working in this field have the opportunity to present their results to an interested audience.

Conference for Neuengamme Satellite Camp Memorials
This conference held every two years is an opportunity for the staff of Neuengamme satellite camp memorials to network and exchange ideas about current issues. The primary goal of this conference is to take stock and discuss experiences.