The Satellite Camps for Women

In 1944/45, 24 satellite camps for women were under the administration of Neuengamme main camp. In these camps, women had to work in armaments production both above and below ground, and they had to clear rubble and build provisional housing. The women came from the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. They had to sleep in overcrowded and dirty quarters under appalling conditions. Reports from survivors state that the female SS guards were often more brutal than the non-SS male guards.

Black and white drawing: A group of women in thin clothes and shaved heads stand close together. They embrace each other and hold each other tightly.








Ágnes Lukácz, a Jewish woman from Hungary and survivor of Salzwedel satellite camp, put her memories of the solidarity among the “camp sisters” after their liberation into her series of drawings entitled “Close Together”. The drawings were published in 1946 in the “Auschwitz – Women’s Camp” portfolio.

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.

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