Current news about the memorials

Exhibition 'Hamburg Football under National Socialism'

The exhibition Hamburg Football under National Socialism - Insights into a History Glorified for Decades will be shown from 8 June to 14 July 2024. The exhibition documents Hamburg football in all its facets. How did National Socialism and later the war change sporting and club life? Individual fates of athletes and club officials as well as the presentation of individual clubs show the effects of the NSDAP's sports policy, of bans and persecution, but also of sympathy. The exhibition will be on display at two locations within walking distance of each other, the Stadthaus Remembrance Site and the St. Nikolai Memorial.

Memorial for Sinti and Roma in Hamburg inaugurated

A memorial for Sinti and Roma was dedicated at the Diebsteich cemetery on November 26, 2023. The three-metre-high stele, surrounded by a circular area with benches and pillars, commemorates the thousands of Sinti and Roma who were persecuted and murdered during the Nazi era. However, the site is also intended to commemorate the resistance and vitality of the Sinti and Roma during the Nazi era and become a place of encounter in the present.

Coloured lithograph of Hannoverscher Bahnhof railway station, ca 1872. SHGL

WHY HERE? History and commemoration at Lohsepark

The ‘denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof’ memorial site has been located at Lohsepark since 2017. But where exactly was the Hannoverscher Bahnhof railway station situated, and why was it used to dispatch deportation trains as of 1940? And how was it able to disappear from public consciousness after 1945?

From 22 April to 15 July 2023 a two-part installation will be providing insights into the history of the location. A two-part installation will provide insights into the history of the site. More information at WHY HERE? History and commemoration at Lohsepark (

Exhibition: “Only Ruins Lay Before Us” Concentration camp prisoners on clearance detail after Operation Gomorrah

80 years ago, the British and U.S. Air Forces bombed Hamburg under the code name "Operation Gomorrah." After the attacks, prisoners from Neuengamme concentration camp were also deployed for cleanup work. Their experiences in the destroyed city are the focus of the exhibition. The exhibition at the St. Nikolai Memorial is open daily (except Tuesday) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from March 24 to May 3, 2023. Free admission to the special exhibition. More information at

Memorial stele at the former forced labor camp in Hamburg-Lokstedt

On November 17, 2022, a memorial stele was inaugurated in Hamburg-Lokstedt at the site of the former forced labor camp on Stresemannallee (then Horst-Wessel-Allee). The girls and women called 
"Eastern workers" had been deported from the Soviet Union and forced to perform forced labor under inhumane conditions for the armaments industry at Philips Valvo-Werke and the Hamburg battery factory Otto Gross (Habafa).

The Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres takes over the management of the Stadthaus Remembrance Site

The Hamburg Ministry for Culture and the Media, the Stadthöfe GmbH & Co. KG and the Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres have signed an agreement on the future operation of the Stadthaus Remembrance Site. Read more...

(Last) Signs of Life. A temporary outdoor exhibition of the denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof

At a few of the destinations of national socialist deportations from Hamburg and Northern Germany the deportees were allowed to write postcards. This was the only opportunity to make contact with Hamburg from the ghettos and concentration camps. The temporary outdoor exhibition at the Lohse Park in the HafenCity shows these (last) testimonies/records and their stories.
More information: (Last) Signs of Life (
Where: At the Lohsepark, 20457 Hamburg 
When: 8th July – 31st October 2022

Placarding at the "Space to Remember"

The "Space to Remember, Connect and Support" was opened

On November 13 2020, the "Space to Remember, Connect and Support" was ceremonially opened on the grounds of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. From now on, relatives can design posters for their relatives imprisoned at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp. The „Space to Remember“ consists of an on-site presentation in the form of printing plates, a billboard, a printing workshop, and a website with a digital archive: 

Did you know?


- the first monument to victims of the National Socialists in Hamburg was dedicated in the Ohlsdorf Cemetery.


- a burial ground for Soviet prisoners of war from the Neuengamme concentration camp was established in the Bergedorf Cemetery.


satellite camps of the Neuengamme concentration camp were located in Hamburg.


forced labourers had to work in Hamburg from 1939 to 1945, including many women.


- the bombings of 'Operation Gomorrah' killed 37,000 people Concentration camp prisoners were forced to recover the bodies.


to the Memorial for Deserters and Other Victims of the Nazi Military Judiciary – the sentences passed by Nazi courts are spoken aloud.


memorial sites are underground: the tube bunker on Tarpenbekstrasse, the Bunker Museum, the 'Monument Against Fascism' and the ‘Interrogation Cell’.


seats are parts of the ‘Table with 12 Chairs’. One empty chair is for visitors.


can be planted by visitors in the rose garden of the Bullenhuser Damm Memorial.


monuments are dedicated to members of the White Rose resistance group in Hamburg.