Police Prisoners

In the summer of 1943, the Hamburg Gestapo began to transfer political prisoners from the hopelessly overcrowded Fuhlsbüttel police prison to the Hamburg- Wilhelmsburg work education camp and to Neuengamme concentration camp. These police prisoners formed a separate group in the camp. They were identified by special prisoners’ numbers starting with the number 0 and by yellow triangles on their uniforms. Most of the police prisoners had only one side of their head shorn and wore a purple armband saying confined to camp, which meant they were not permitted to join work commandos outside the camp. After some weeks or months, many police prisoners were transferred to the Hamburg remand prison because they were to stand trial. Others were kept at Neuengamme as regular prisoners or transferred to other concentration camps like Mauthausen or Auschwitz.

Black and white photo: gatehouse of the police prison Fuhlsbüttel with large portal and two towers





Entrance to Fuhlsbüttel Police Prison, picture from 1933- Parts of the Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel penal facilities served as a concentration camp. Later, this camp was used as a police prison.

Further reading at the Learning Center Police Prisoners
Media Library

The complete permanent exhibition "Time Traces" and the other side exhibitions on the grounds of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial are also available digitally in the memorial's media library. Unfortunately, the media library is only available in German.

media library
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