A satellite camp of Neuengamme was located in the Sasel neighbourhood of Hamburg from September 1944 to May 1945. The 500 women here were political prisoners, Sinti or part of a large group of Jewish women from the Lodz ghetto who had been sent to Sasel via Auschwitz. In the camp, they had to clear the streets of Hamburg’s city centre and build a prefabricated housing estate in the Poppenbüttel neighbourhood. Although they were weak and starving, the women had to perform hard labour, and several prisoners died from mistreatment, exhaustion and disease.
The Poppenbüttel Prefabricated Building Memorial is a reminder of the destruction of Jewish life in Hamburg and the persecution of women under the Nazis. The women’s camp in Sasel, which was a satellite camp of Neuengamme concentration camp, is documented here, along with seven other satellite camps in Hamburg and Wedel. This memorial focuses on the lives of the women prisoners, the period after the war and how sites of persecution are remembered today.
The memorial is located in the only remaining prefabricated building from the former temporary housing estate in Poppenbüttel constructed by women from the Neuengamme satellite camp in Sasel. One part of the building houses the exhibition, and in the other, visitors can tour one of the original apartments built in 1944. A wooden sculpture in the form of a peace tree was erected in front of the memorial in 1989 to remember the fate of the concentration camp prisoners and the horrors of World War II.
(S-Bahnhof Poppenbüttel, S1)