Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen

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Rudolf Witzleben wrote this secret message to his family in Berlin-Charlottenburg on 6 August 1945. Rudolf Witzleben, born 27.11.1898 in Hanover, worked as an engineer at AEG in Treptow. According to his daughter Inka, he was arrested by the Soviet secret service NKWD in Berlin-Charlottenburg on 7 June 1945 and transferred to the Soviet Special Camp No. 7 in Weesow. The accusation was that he had been an "agitator".

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Walk on the Kurfürstendamm

At the end of June 1945, the Dutchman Arnold Blitz (right) and his friend Tony Mast are photographed in their prisoner clothing on Kurfürstendamm during an excursion to Berlin. Blitz had been liberated in mid-April 1945 in the Heinkel subcamp of Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Arnold Blitz had gone into hiding in September 1942, when the security police also carried out systematic raids on Jews in Rotterdam.

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Prisoner's jacket - left behind in the cowshed

The memorial recently received this prisoner's jacket as a gift from Eckhard Zowe from Beetz, a district of Kremmen. The jacket was left behind by a prisoner at the end of April 1945 on the farm of the Zowe family in Beetz.

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Easter greeting from the concentration camp - 1944

Louis Kiebooms (1903-1992) sent this Easter greeting to his wife and four children in April 1944. In the background you can see the city silhouette of Antwerp. Kiebooms' letters from the camp were often decorated with drawings. In one of the letters he writes that these were made by a draughtsman. It is not known whether this was a friendly service or whether Kiebooms exchanged the drawing for food or even cigarettes.

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Cardboard Skat game in Miniature

The miniature card game is a cardboard skat deck made in the concentration camp. It consists of eight cards each with the symbols cross, spade, heart and diamonds drawn in pencil. Its owner was the former prisoner Gustav Buttgereit. 

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Cigarette box with carved representation of a prisoner behind bars

This technically elaborate and artistically decorated case with the carved depiction of a man behind bars, identified as a concentration camp inmate by his cap and prisoner number, is the work of an unknown inmate.

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