Forms of Commemoration

In the first post-war years, commemorating the victims of the concentration camps was an important political issue. Up to 20,000 people attended the first commemorative ceremonies in Ohlsdorf cemetery in Hamburg. But in 1949, with the onset of the Cold War, party political quarrels started to interfere with this shared practice of remembrance. Survivors and their families had no access to the grounds of the former concentration camp, because the site was being used as a prison. It was not until 1953 that the Hamburg Senate gave in to political pressure from abroad and erected a simple memorial column there.

Abbot Noël Carlotti and another man stand in front of an open barb wire fence gate of Neuengamme concentration camp and look into the camera.



Canon Noël Carlotti, a member of a French government commission that enquired into the whereabouts of humanashes and the sites of the crematoria. The French section of the Amicale planned to erect a monument there. The picture was taken in May 1951 and comes from Renée Aubry’s private photo album.

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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