As Germany’s “gateway to the world” representing the whole country, Hamburg was to be given a new look, with large buildings made of bricks (so-called clinkers). In order to increase brick production, the city made an agreement with the SS to build a new brick factory in the Hamburg neighbourhood of Neuengamme and to expand the connecting waterway. They decided that this work would be done by concentration camp prisoners. For this purpose, the SS erected a concentration camp on the grounds of an abandoned brickworks, where they also had the new factory built. The exhibition “Labour and Annihilation: Concentration Camp Prisoners as Slave Labourers in Brick Production” provides information about how the camp was established, the working conditions as well as production in the brick factory of Neuengamme concentration camp.
This exhibition is located in a wing of the historic brick factory.