In the 1980s a photo library was set up in the GDR National Memorial with around 35,000 analogue negatives and slides. This was the precursor of the present media library, established in the mid-1990s, which now holds an extensive collection of photos and audio and video documents, which are being constantly added to a database which currently includes more than 40,000 data sets.
The collection includes photos and individual documents from the Nazi period and the periods of the Soviet special camp, the National Memorial and the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum.
The media library also holds interviews with contemporary eyewitnesses as video and audio sources as well as television films and documentaries on the history of National Socialism and/or the various historical layers of Sachsenhausen.
- photos bequeathed by former inmates
- photographs from Oranienburg concentration camp, Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the Soviet special camp
- private collections of (propaganda) pictures of former SS personnel and taken in Sachsenhausen concentration camp
- documents from Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the Soviet special camp
- documentation of various events, anniversaries, exhibitions and visitors/groups
- analogue and digitalised contemporary eye-witness interviews with survivors or family members
Users may conduct research and work on the collections in the media library by prior appointment. For legal reasons not all collections can be viewed and used.