01/25/2020 Commemorative ceremony

Preview: 75th Anniversary of the Liberation

75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Prisoners from the Neuengamme Concentration Camp 2020. Events organised by the Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres

20 April 2020, 6 pm
Event commemorating the children of Bullenhuser Damm
As part of the international youth project #rememberthechildren, six schoolchildren from each of the countries of origin of the murdered children and from Germany and Israel studied the story of these children. They spoke to the children’s relatives and thought about a modern approach to commemorating their memory. The result is this year’s commemorative event, which was elaborated and organised by the participants in the youth project.
Public event; no advance registration required. In co-operation with the Children of Bullenhuser Damm Association and the Working Group for Ecclesiastical Memorial Work
Venue: Gymnasium of the former school at Bullenhuser Damm 92-94.

25 April 2020 to 30 August 2020
Mon-Fri 9.30 am to 4 pm, Sat–Sun 12 noon to 7 pm
Exhibition: ‘Survived! And now?’
The exhibition ‘Survived! And now? Hamburg Victims of Nazi Persecution after their Liberation’ tells the story of the experiences and life circumstances of the survivors of Nazi persecution in Hamburg. How did they cope in the weeks and months that followed their liberation?
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, foyer of the main exhibition (near the
bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Ausstellung’)

1 May 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm
Canto General by Pablo Neruda and Mikis Theodorakis
Poems about Freedom and Humanity
Pablo Neruda’s Canto General set to music by Mikis Theodorakis uses poetic language and passionate music to convey in artistic form the human longing for freedom, humanity and justice. Both the poet and the composer experienced political oppression and personal suffering in their respective homelands of Chile and Greece. Their oratorio will be performed by the SingAkademie Niedersachsen, featuring a large choir of more than 120 singers, a number of smaller choirs, soloists, and an instrumental ensemble, as their contribution to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. The verses will be sung in Spanish, with the actor Rolf Becker reciting the German translation between individual passages of the work. Tickets: EUR 20, available from Konzertkasse Gerdes, Rothenbaumchaussee 77, 20148 Hamburg or at www.eventim.de
In co-operation with the SingAkademie Niedersachsen
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, west wing of the former brick factory (near the bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Klinkerwerk’)

2 May 2020, 10 am to 1 pm
Conversation Café with Survivors of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp and Its Satellite Camps
In early May, former Neuengamme prisoners will travel to Hamburg from many countries, accompanied by their families, to commemorate their liberation 75 years ago. What were their lives like once they had been liberated? How do they think Nazi injustices should be remembered in the future? What is their message to younger generations? On 2 May 2020, as part of our Conversation Café, you have the opportunity to ask survivors these and many other questions. For more information and to register please contact Alexandre Froidevaux (email:
alexandre.froidevaux@gedenkstaetten.hamburg.de, phone: +49 (0)40) 428 131 534).
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Centre for Historical Studies, Jean-Dolidier-Weg 75, 21039 Hamburg (near the bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Ausstellung’)


2 May 2020
Place of Remembrance, Connection and Support
1.30 pm to 3 pm
Project Presentation and Printing Workshop for Relatives of Former Neuengamme Prisoners
3 pm
Inauguration of the ‘Place of Remembrance, Connection and Support’
The Place of Remembrance, Connection and Support was created by the relatives of former Neuengamme prisoners. It offers an opportunity to honour and remember, at the historical site itself, all those who were imprisoned in Neuengamme. All relatives from all countries are welcome to take part in this project. For more information visit: https://reflections.news/de/category/ort-der-verbundenheit/ Contact: Uta and Halina Kühl, ort_der_verbundenheit@gmx.de 
In co-operation with the Friends of Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, the Neuengamme Working Group and the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme (AIN)
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Plattenhaus (near the bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Mahnmal’)

2 May 2020, 6 pm to 7.30 pm
‘A Life Postponed’
In Conversation with Concentration Camp Survivor Edith Kraus and Her Son
Edith Kraus, also known as Dita, was 13 years old in 1942 when, along with her parents, she was deported first to the Theresienstadt Ghetto and from there to Auschwitz, where her father died. Dita and her mother were then transferred to various Neuengamme satellite camps around Hamburg and eventually to Bergen-Belsen, where Dita’s mother died shortly after the liberation. Dita returned to Prague alone. She started a family and now lives in Israel. Dita Kraus will talk about her life before, during and after the persecution and present her recently published memoirs. Together with her son, Ron Kraus, she will also speak about how her memories were passed on within her family and how past events should be remembered in future. Moderator: Ulrike Jensen (Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial). Registration at hamburg@fes.de is required. In co-operation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
Venue: Baseler Hof Säle (Gartensaal), Esplanade 15, 20354 Hamburg


2 May 2020, 8 pm to 10 pm
An Evening with the Young Committee:
The Viewpoints of the Third and Fourth Generation, Expressed in Music, Art and Poetry
In May 2019, the third- and fourth-generation descendants of former Neuengamme prisoners established the Young Committee of the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme (AIN). On the evening of 2 May 2020, members of the Young Committee from different countries will use artistic means to illustrate what their family history means to them and why they have chosen to dedicate themselves to a lasting culture of remembrance. There will be piano music and singing to listen to, poems to read, and drawings to contemplate. Registration at hamburg@fes.de is required. In co-operation with the Young Committee of the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme (AIN) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
Venue: Baseler Hof Säle (Gartensaal), Esplanade 15, 20354 Hamburg

3 May 2020, 10 am
Commemorative Ceremony to Mark the 75 th Anniversary of the Bombing of Concentration Camp Ships in the Bay of Neustadt
International commemorative event with survivors of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp and its satellite camps. Public event; no advance registration required. In co-operation with the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme (AIN), the Town of Stadt Neustadt/Holstein and the Neuengamme Working Group.
Venue: Cap Arcona Memorial, Neustadt/Pelzerhaken


3 May 2020, 1 pm/2 pm/3 pm
Public Guided Tours (German/English)
Brief introduction to the history of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp and its satellite camps. Participation is free of charge. No registration required.
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, rendezvous at the Service Point (near the bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Ausstellung’)

3 May 2020, 4.30 pm
Commemorative Ceremony to Mark the 75 th Anniversary of the End of the War and the Liberation of Concentration Camps
International ceremony with survivors and their relatives from all over the world. The event will begin with a commemorative ceremony in the west wing of the former brick factory (near the bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Klinkerwerk’), followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the international memorial (near the bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Mahnmal’). Public event; no advance registration required. In co-operation with the Amicale internationale KZ Neuengamme (AIN)
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

3 May 2020, 7.30 pm
Reception and Dinner
By invitation only.
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, south wing of the former workshops of the Walther factory

4 May 2020, 10 am
Survivors of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp and Its Satellite Camps Share Their Personal Testimonies
75 years after their liberation from the concentration camps, survivors from different countries will talk to schoolchildren, students and other guests about their imprisonment, their survival strategies and their commitment to remembering the lessons of the past after 1945. This might be one of the last opportunities to talk to the survivors, who will have travelled to the event, to hear their stories, and to ask them questions. For more information and to register, please contact Ulrike Jensen (email:
ulrike.jensen@gedenkstaetten.hamburg.de, phone: +49 (0)40) 428 131 519).
Venue: Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial (near the bus stop ‘KZ-Gedenkstätte – Ausstellung’)

22 May 2020, 8 pm
24 May 2020, 6 pm
Nadezhda Means Hope
In a dramatic reading with music accompaniment and photographic projection the Dokumentartheater Berlin is to stage the life story and ordeal of Nadezhda Slesareva, a Ukrainian national who, as a 13-year-old in 1943, was deported to Germany by the Nazis to do forced labour. Her journey took her to Berlin and Stettin (Szczecin) and ultimately to the Stutthof concentration camp. It was the bravery of a building contractor that saved her life. Ever since her return to the Ukraine, she has actively campaigned, to this day, for the rights of former forced labourers and ghetto survivors. In 2019 she was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit) for her work. Health permitting, Ms Slesareva will be present as a guest at the performance.
Venue: Theater Sprechwerk, Klaus-Groth-Straße 23, 20535 Hamburg

23 May 2020, 8 pm
Akte/NSU
The documentary theatre play Akte/NSU explores the terrorist activities of the so-called National Socialist Underground (NSU) that went unheeded by the public authorities for years. The play focuses not on the perpetrators, but on the ten murder victims, and chronicles the events. It has been funded by many sponsors and received numerous awards. In April 2019 it won the Grand Prix at the 4 th International Theatre Festival in Cracow. A Dokumentartheater Berlin production directed by Marina Schubarth. A panel discussion in co-operation with the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance will take place following the performance.
Venue: Theater Sprechwerk, Klaus-Groth-Straße 23, 20535 Hamburg.