The Satellite Camps for Men

Tens of thousands of men from all over Europe – more than half of the prisoners of Neuengamme concentration camp – were used as slave laborers in more than 60 satellite camps during the second half of the war. They worked in arms production, they built bunkers, fortifications, industrial plants and undergroundproduction facilities, and they had to clear away rubble and repair roads and other traffic routes. The first Neuengamme satellite camp on the grounds of an armaments factory was set up in Wittenberge in August 1942. The different working conditions determined the living conditions, which were often catastrophic due to hard labour and SS terror in the largely provisional quarters in which the prisoners were housed.


Black and white photo: In the background can be seen a wall of the bunker, a scaffolding and some tracks running along the wall into the foreground of the image. About 30 concentration camp prisoners in prisoners' clothing and hats walk alongside the tracks, some of them in pairs carrying some large round containers.
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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