Monument to the bombing victims from 30 July 1943
In an air raid that took place on the night of 30 July 1943 during ‘Operation Gomorrah’, 370 people were killed in a shelter beneath the Karstadt department store on Hamburger Strasse. Following efforts by the Barmbek-Uhlenhorst Peace Initiative and the Nord district office, a monument was erected on 30 July 1985 in memory of these people.
The monument is located on a traffic island surrounded by busy streets. The artist Hildegard Huza (born 1952) designed the sculpture, which depicts a crouching figure cowering in a corner against a damaged brick wall. The monument’s pedestal bears two inscriptions composed by the Barmbek-Uhlenhorst local administrative committee. One briefly describes the historical event, while the other reads: ‘An exhortation from the dead – Never again fascism – Never again war’.