03/25/2021 Commemorative ceremony

Commemoration of the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation

Overview of the commemoration program to mark the 76th anniversary of the end of WW2 and the liberation of concentration camps.

It is with deep regret that we have to cancel the international commemorative ceremony planned for May 3, 2021 this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

On May 3 at 5 p.m., a reduced commemorative ceremony organized by the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial and the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme will take place with speeches and music but also a moment of silence in tribute to the victims. Due to the pandemic, the commemorative ceremony will take place without a live audience. NDR will be livestreaming the event (ndr.de).

The events listed below have been organized by the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial to mark the anniversary of the end of the war and the liberation of concentration camps. Additionally, we have prepared a special multimedia report where concentration camp survivors and their relatives present objects associated with their memories.

We are inviting you to join us on:

Sunday, May 2, 2021; 10:00-12:00: “I just want to get it out of my mind”
An online cross-generational conversation with Marian Hawling, a concentration camp survivor, and his family (in English). Please register: www.fes.de/lnk/zeitzeugen2021 

Sunday, May 2, 2021; 16:00-16:45: Putting Up Digital Posters
While posters are being put up at the Place to Remember, relatives of concentration camp survivors will be telling stories about their families. This is an online event. Online registration:

Sunday, May 2, 2021; 16:45-17:45: Online meeting and discussion for relatives of the former prisoners of the Neuengamme concentration camp
The meeting offers a possibility for the participants to get to know other relatives active in the field online. To register, please email Ole Holst until April 28, 2021.

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 17:00: Central commemorative event
Due to the pandemic, we will hold and livestream (ndr.de) a scaled-down event without an audience this year. It will start with the commemorative ceremony at the west wing of the former brick factory and continue at the international monument where a silent commemoration will take place. 

Welcome speech:
Oliver von Wrochem, Head of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial 
Opening remarks:
Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg
Maria Bering, Head of Department and Leader of the group “History, Memory” with the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Karin Prien, Minister of Education, Science and Culture of the State in Schleswig-Holstein
Livia Fränkel, survivor of the Neuengamme concentration camp
Martine Letterie, President of the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme


Website for the 75th anniversary