On 21 March 1933 the local SA regiment set up the first concentration camp in Prussia in a vacant factory building in the centre of Oranienburg. In the months following the assumption of power by the National Socialists, Oranienburg took on a key role in the persecution of the opposition, especially in the “Reich” capital, Berlin.
Sachsenhausen concentration camp was built in the summer of 1936 as a model and training camp. Tens of thousands of the more than 200,000 prisoners interned here died as a result of hunger, disease, forced labour and mistreatment or were victims of systematic extermination operations by the SS.
In August 1945, a good three months after the end of the war and the liberation of Europe from National Socialist domination, the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, moved its Special Camp No. 7 to the centre of the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Of the 60,000 prisoners interned there, 12,000 died of hunger and disease.
After the site had been used for many years by the Soviet army, the Barracked People’s Police (KVP) and the National People’s Army (NVA) of the German Democratic Republic, planning began in 1956 for the Sachsenhausen National Memorial, which was inaugurated on 23 April 1961.
In the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum there are thirteen smaller permanent exhibitions illuminating various aspects of the history of the place. The Memorial is a place of mourning and commemoration while at the same time fulfilling its mission as a modern museum of contemporary history.
- 1933-1934 Oranienburg Concentration Camp
- 1936-1945 Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
- 1945-1950 Soviet Special Camp
- 1961-1990 Sachsenhausen National Memorial
- seit 1993 Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum
Corona pandemic: the Sachsenhausen Memorial is closed from 14 March
Due to the Corona pandemic the Sachsenhausen memorial will be closed for all visitors from 14 March presumably until 15 May 2020. This includes the memorial site and museums as well as all educational programs, library and archive. No events will take place during this period either, including all events which were planned from 17 to 21 April in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of liberation.
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STELLENAUSSCHREIBUNG: Mitarbeiter/in in Teilzeit für das Besucherinformationszentrum
27. March 2020
Die Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten sucht voraussichtlich zum 01.06.2020 für das Besucherinformationszentrum der Gedenkstätte und des Museums Sachsenhausen eine/n Mitarbeiter/in in Teilzeit, vorerst befristet auf 2 Jahre, für durchschnittlich 13,33 Stunden/ Woche (auch an Wochenenden), vergütet mit Entgeltgruppe 5 TV-L.
Einschränkungen in der Gedenkstätte Sachsenhausen wegen Bombenentschärfung am 18. Februar
17. February 2020
Wegen einer Bombenentschärfung sind Teile der Gedenkstätte Sachsenhausen am Dienstag, 18. Februar 2020, nicht zugänglich.
Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum
Straße der Nationen 22
Tel. +49 - (0) 3301 - 200-200
15th March to 14th October
daily 8:30 am-6:00 pm
15 th October to 14th March
daily 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Winter season: Museums closed on Mondays; Visitor Information Centre, open-air-exhibition "Murder and Mass Murder in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp", and site of commemoration "Station Z" are open every day.
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