Events

Sunday, 17 April – Saturday, 18 June 2016
Special exhibition
Afterwards. Felix Oestreicher

The doctor Felix Oestreicher was deported with his family in January 1944 from the Netherlands to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He kept a diary in the camp. In addition to writing daily notes, he also composed 19 poems which will be displayed in this exhibition, both in the original German and translated into English. They will be accompanied by photographs and documents on the history of his family.
Location: Forum

Sunday, 5 June 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Soviet POWs in Bergen-Belsen
Thematic tour with Heinrich Gade through the permanent exhibition and the grounds of the former camp
Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Meeting place: Information desk in the Documentation Centre

Sunday, 12 June, 2:30 p.m.
Anne! That we may grow in wisdom – The short life of Anne Frank
An oratorio for brass, choir, percussion and two speakers, by Marita and Reinhard Gramm
The texts by Marita Gramm combine flashes of light from this dark period of German history with original excerpts from Anne Frank’s diary, as well as eyewitness reports and contemporary accounts.
The music of Reinhard Gramm will be performed by the b-team Itzehoe brass ensemble. The project choir is made up of the Vokalkreis Hameln chorus conducted by Birgit Albrecht together with other singers from all over Germany. The texts will be read by the 15-year-old Kim von Hein (Wischhafen) and Christine Mühler (Itzehoe).
The oratorio, which jumps back and forth between hope and despair, powerfully conveys the shrinking living space, the fear of discovery and the grave fate of those involved. Knut Petscheleit (Itzehoe) is the overall director.
The brass oratorio, which was developed with the kind authorisation of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, was performed for the first time in June 2015 during the Protestant Church Congress in Stuttgart.

Sunday, 12 June 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Anne Frank in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Thematic tour with Elke von Meding through the permanent exhibition and the grounds of the former camp
Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Meeting place: Information desk in the Documentation Centre

Monday, 13 June – Friday, 17 June 2016
Seminar: On the move at the end of the war.
Concentration camp landscapes as exemplified by the Mittelbau-Dora and Bergen-Belsen camps
This seminar looks at a geographically bounded region between the Lüneburg Heath and South Harz at the end of the war. The focus is on death marches and evacuation transports in April 1945. The seminar will reveal the interplay between the camps, their social environment and their consequences in the post-war period.

The seminar will start at the Mittelbau-Dora Memorial in Nordhausen. On Wednesday, the participants will travel via Gardelegen and Wienhausen to Celle. On Thursday they will visit the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. The seminar ends on Friday in Celle, when the participants will explore the importance of this history, these locations and how they were subsequently analysed and dealt with.

This event is a cooperative project between the Bergen-Belsen, Mittelbau-Dora and Gardelegen Memorials, and it is recognised as educational leave in Lower Saxony and Saarland. The price of € 340,00 includes hotel accommodation in a double room (single room surcharge of € 80,00) in Nordhausen and Celle, with food and the necessary transfers during the seminar. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from the event.

The seminar starts on Monday, 13 June 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mittelbau-Dora Memorial and ends on Friday, 17 June 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in Celle.

To register by 9 May 2016 or find out more, please contact:
Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Sabine Bergmann
sabine.bergmann@stiftung-ng.de

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Bergen-Belsen from a religious perspective
Thematic tour with Pastor Günter Birken and Dr Thomas Rahe through the permanent exhibition and the grounds of the former camp
Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Meeting place: Information desk in the Documentation Centre

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 10:30 a.m.
“75th anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union”
Event organised by the Bergen-Belsen Working Group with schoolchildren
Location: Soviet POW Cemetery Hörsten

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 6:00 p.m.
The fascination of the foreign. The photographic construction of the “Gypsy”
Lecture by Dr Frank Reuter (Heidelberg)
Co-operative event organised by the Bergen-Belsen Memorial and the Hanover Historical Museum
Location: Hanover Historical Museum
Pferdestrasse 6

Monday, 1 August - Sunday, 7 August 2016
3rd Bergen-Belsen International Summer School
„Perspectives on Memory: Research, Testimonies and the Media“

The third Bergen-Belsen International Summer School, which will be held from 1–7 August 2016 at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, will focus on the topics of memory, remembrance and bearing witness. The program will include lectures, workshops, tours and a day trip to Hanover. The Summer School is aimed at international bachelor’s and master’s students in various disciplines who want to learn more about digital, media and global developments in memory culture.
more http://gbbbb.org/summerschool

News

Drop-in guided tours:
Introduction to the Memorial and the historical site in German and English (Duration around 1.5 hours):

  • In May Sunday, 8 May, 15 May, 29 May
  • In June, July and August every Saturday and Sunday

Start at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours meet at the information desk in the Documentation Centre. No registration is necessary. 

71st anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Ceremony at the Jewish monument:
Speech by Jochevet Ritz-Olewski, Irgun Sherit Hapleta Israel,Tel Aviv, Israel (PDF)

70 days violence, murder, liberation. The end of the war in Lower Saxony
The blog is coordinated by the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation. From February 27th to May 8th 2015, the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, events are described in 70 days, which took place exactly 70 years before.
blog.befreiung1945.de

Project Insights in the Bergen- Belsen Memorial
In the upcoming eight weeks we, the volunteers of the memorial Bergen-Belsen, will use this blog for a project. Referring to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp we will give an insight into the work of the memorial Bergen-Belsen. 
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Sunday, 17 April 2016
71st anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Programme (PDF)

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