09/20/2017 Report, Exhibition

An insight into the research and imparting work of the Memorial

Junior research fellow Lisa Herbst and trainee Marcin Schink give some information on the upcoming town hall exhibition in January 2018 and on their day-to-day work at the Memorial.

The Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial is currently preparing an exhibition, which will be opened in Hamburg City Hall in January 2018 on the occasion of the Commemoration Day for the Victims of National Socialism. The topic of the exhibition is "Around the Alster. The History of Hamburg in the Nazi Era". The exhibition will focus on the histories of famous buildings around the inner lakes of “Binnenalster” and “Außenalster”, on manufacturing companies along the “Osterbek”, “Barmbek”, and “Goldbek” canals, as well as on the topics of armament production, forced labour and resistance. There is still a lot of work to be done before the opening of the exhibition: Pictures, sources and subject matters have to be researched and clarified.

During his two-and-a-half-month internship, which started on July 17th, 2017, student Marcin Schink has assisted the Memorial in the preparation of the exhibition. Marcin Schink, who studies history and political science at Georg August University Göttingen, has gained initial practical experience in the work of Concentration Camp Memorials in order to broaden his horizon in his area of interest of cultures and politics of remembrance. In addition to doing research and archival work, he has prepared a commemorative plaque on the resistance in Hamburg 1933–1945. Apart from this, he supports the Memorial by translating an audio podcast from German into Polish.

Lisa Herbst, who started her junior research fellowship on September 1st, 2017, supports the exhibition team as well. She will work at the Concentration Camp Memorial Neuengamme for the following two years. Lisa Herbst, who completed a Master’s degree in Modern Judaism and Holocaust Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, intends to broaden the skills and knowledge she acquired in several internships and student jobs, to gain experience in the work of Concentration Camp Memorials and to contribute her own ideas. In connection with the exhibition project she does research and archive work and supports the organizational planning and implementation of the exhibition. After the opening of the exhibit she will assist in other projects of the Memorial such as the commemoration ceremonies around May 3rd.