Work Detail at the Main Camp

Work detail at the camp was marked by violence and harassment. During the first years, most prisoners were forced to do construction and excavation work at the camp, dig canals at the Dove Elbe, or help to transport goods and materials. Spurred on by blows from the guards, the prisoners worked from morning to evening, in the rain, the heat, and the freezing cold. Some prisoners also worked in the camp itself. From 1942, more and more prisoners had to work in the camp’s production facilities, particularly in the brickworks, the Jastram, Messap and Walther (Metallwerke Neuengamme) armaments factories, and in the SS-owned DAW(Deutsche Ausrüstungswerke) facility.

Black and white photo: Several prisoners in striped prisoners' clothing distribute soil with shovels. Three other prisoners push a tipper wagon laoded with soil..
Further reading at the Learning Center Work Detail at the Main Camp
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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