Memorial plaque for persecuted union members
On 2 May 1933 nazis stormed the Hamburg union building; board members were arrested and tortured. The trader unions were forbidden and their property confiscated. In 2003, the German Trade Union Confederation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) installed a memorial plaque on the façade of the Hamburg union building to commemorate the occupation of the building in 1933.
The text on the plaque reads:
'On 2 May 1933, members of the SA, SS and Nazi Party stormed the Hamburg union building and arrested the board members of the General German Workers’ Association (ADGB). Throughout Germany, trade unionists were arrested, interrogated, tortured and beaten to death. For many trade unionists, these days were the start of a long path of suffering that took them through prisons and concentration camps.
DGB Hamburg, 2 May 2003'
Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Hamburg