01/05/2015 Exhibition

Deported to Neuengamme concentration camp – punitive actions by the Wehrmacht and SS in occupied Europe

An exhibit of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial with support from the Hamburgische Bürgerschaft (Parliament of Hamburg).

Opening times:

January 15th till February 2nd 2015

Monday–friday: 10–18:00

Saturday and Sunday: 10–13:00

Foyer of the City Hall Hamburg, Entrance free.


During the Second World War the Wehrmacht, SS and police, as armed segments of the German occupying powers in the occupied nations of Europe, carried out "retaliatory measures" in many areas after alleged or actual attacks and other actions by the resistance: mass shootings, razing villages and deporting portions of the populace.

During such "punitive actions" in the summer of 1944, several hundred men were deported from Murat in France, Meensel-Kiezegem in Belgium and Putten in the Netherlands to the Neuengamme concentration camp. After the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising in summer of 1944, large numbers of Polish men and women were likewise sent to Neuengamme.

This exhibit depicts the events in these areas. It also shows how, 70 years after the end of World War II, these events are remembered in the affected countries, in the villages and families, and in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.