From July 29 to August 11, 2021, the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial will present the traveling exhibition #StolenMemory. The Arolsen Archives are still in possession of approximately 2,500 envelopes with personal items–so-called effects–that were stolen from prisoners when they were sent to a concentration camp.
#StolenMemory is part of a campaign launched in 2016 by the Arolsen Archives to find relatives of former concentration camp prisoners in order to return these personal items to their families. Many of these effects came from the Neuengamme Concentration Camp.
The exhibition will be shown in an overseas container, set up on the former roll call area of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp. The exhibition uses personal objects of former concentration camp inmates to tell their stories of life and persecution. Objects are shown from persons whose families have been already found, and objects are shown from persons whose families are still being sought to return the stolen objects to.
The content of the exhibition will be supplemented by digital elements. Via the app #StolenMemories, video portraits of relatives can be played while visiting the exhibition. And on the website stolenmemory.org, the stories of three prisoners as well as further background information can additionally be found in animated videos, which are particularly aimed at young people.
The exhibition is in two languages (German/English) and will be accessible daily during the regular opening hours of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial from July 29, 2021 for two weeks.