Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen

International Youth Centre – Szczypiorski House

The International Youth Centre “Szczypiorski House” offers schools and extra-curricular learning groups study days and extended seminars and projects on the history of the Sachsenhausen camp complex and the Soviet special camp.

The “Szczypiorski House” is about a 15-minute walk from the Memorial. This meeting place with its seminar rooms, a library and a landscaped outdoors, offers space for workshops, creative culture and media seminars. There is also the opportunity to cooking together or have a soccer tournament. Education can be combined with leisure and relaxation, far away from everyday school life.

The house has 32 beds, each room has an enclosed bathroom. A room on the ground floor with bath and toilet is suitable for guests with mobility restrictions.


History of the House

The former villa of Theodor Eicke (1892–1943) the inspector of  concentration camps, was transformed into an international youth centre and youth hostel in 2006.
Today the house is named after the Polish writer Andrzej Szczypiorski (1928–2000). After the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, he was taken to Sachsenhausen concentration camp as a teenager. Szczypiorski became famous for his literary adaptation of the Polish experience of occupation and World War II.
The house is operated in cooperation with the Sachsenhausen Memorial and the German Youth Hostel Association, Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Association.