Sunday, 17 April – Saturday, 21 August 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, 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.

Sunday, 4 to Sunday, 11 September 2016
Life journeys – A new beginning after persecution and flight
This week-long seminar offers participants a varied programme which will introduce them to the history and locale of Bergen-Belsen, including the POW camp from 1940–1945, the concentration camp from 1943–1945, the displaced persons camp (DPcamp) from 1945–1950 and the Memorial from 1952. The seminar focuses on a period that has received little attention, namely, the phase after the liberation, when the liberated prisoners sought a sense of direction and prospects for the future.

Fanny Heymann from the Netherlands will be in attendance throughout the seminar. She survived the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child.

The seminar fee of EUR 340 for employed persons and EUR 170 for students or people eligible for a discount covers the costs of the programme, accommodation, food and transfers. The seminar starts on 4 September 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and ends on 11 September after breakfast. The number of participants is limited to 12. The seminar language is English, though participants are free to write in their mother tongue during the writing workshop. Attendees will be housed in single rooms in the Anne-Frank-Haus of the YMCA in Oldau.

If you are interested or have any questions about the programme, please contact:
Sabine Bergmann
Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Education and Encounters
D-29303 Lohheide
Tel.: +49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-172
Fax: +49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-118
Flyer (PDF)


The archive of the memorial is closed 27 June - 8 July 2016

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

  • 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. No drop-in guided tours at 2.30 pm will be held on days when thematic tours are scheduled.

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.

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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