The Bullenhuser Damm Memorial

At the Neuengamme concentration camp, the SS doctor Dr. Kurt Heißmeyer carried out Tuberculosis experiments on prisoners. In addition, he had twenty Jewish children between the ages of 5 and 12 brought from the Auschwitz concentration camp to Neuengamme in November 1944. In order to conceal the crime, they were hanged by SS men in the cellar of the former school on Bullenhuser Damm during the night of April 20-21, 1945, along with at least 24 other Soviet prisoners whose names are still unknown.

Colorful suitcases stand open in a bright room with white walls. They contain texts and pictures.
Symbolic suitcases for the children in the exhibition (ANg)

The "Memorial Bullenhuser Damm and Rose Garden for the Children of Bullenhuser Damm" commemorates the victims of this crime. The memorial was opened in 1980 on private initiative by the association "Children from Bullenhuser Damm". In 1999, it was taken over by the city and affiliated with the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. The permanent exhibition (German, English), which was reopened in 2011, provides information about the site as a school and as a subcamp of Neuengamme Concentration Camp, about the medical experiments, the victims, the murders, the perpetrators and how the crime was dealt with after 1945. Roses can be planted in the rose garden behind the schoolyard in memory of those murdered. Since 1985, a bronze sculpture by Anatoli Mossitschuk has commemorated the Soviet prisoners there.

The documents to be found here are mostly taken from the exhibition at Bullenhuser Damm, which was reopened in 2011.

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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