Sunday, 5 March 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Children and young people in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Thematic tour with Dr Thomas Rahe through the permanent exhibition
Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Meeting place: Information desk in the Documentation Centre

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 7:00 p.m.
“Felice’s books”: The books of Felice Schragenheim (1922–1945)
Eine Lesung aus dem Koffer (A reading from the suitcase) by Oskar Ansull
Cooperative event between the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, the Celle City Council and the Celle Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation
Location: Celle Synagogue, Im Kreise 24, 29221 Celle

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 2:30 p.m.
The digital tour guide in Bergen-Belsen:
Options for independent exploration and orientation

Tour with Stephanie Billib through the grounds of the former camp
Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Meeting place: Information desk in the Documentation Centre

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We are what we remember...”
Workshop with Daniel Seifert on the topic of commemoration and memory

In this one-day workshop, participants will look at the forms and functions of memory and commemoration. During a tour through the grounds of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, the history of various locations within the camp will be explained, along with the approach to the structural remains in the camp and the origins and design of the graves and monuments. Witness interviews will be used as the basis for exploring how the survivors of Bergen-Belsen remember their time in the camp and which messages they associate with it.
Using Bergen-Belsen as a specific starting point and an expression of German memory culture, the participants will also look at examples of memory culture in other countries.
Please register by 22 March 2017 either by phoning +49 (0) 5051 – 47 59-0 or sending an email to
Participation is free of charge and no special prior knowledge is required. The number of participants is limited.
Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Meeting place: Educational Centre


The dead of Bergen-Belsen. Number and burial places of the victims of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Interim report (PDF)

In memory of Maria Gniatczyk
The employees of the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation are mourning the passing of Maria Gniatczyk, who supported our work for many years. We have a great deal to thank her for, and we will honour her memory.
During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, Maria Gniatczyk and her mother were arrested and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. One month later the SS transferred both of them to Bergen-Belsen. They were liberated there by the British in April 1945, but they initially remained in Germany as displaced persons. Her mother died in Lüneburg at the end of 1945 from the effects of her imprisonment. Afterwards, Maria Gniatczyk returned to Poland. In 1970 she organised the first trip to Bergen-Belsen for Polish survivors.
From 1990, Maria Gniatczyk was the chairwoman of the Polish association of former political prisoners of Bergen-Belsen. In this role and on the Advisory Board of the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation, she was a valuable friend and advisor to the employees of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. She appeared often at the Memorial as a speaker and witness, most recently on the 70th anniversary of the liberation.
Maria Gniatczyk passed away on Friday, 13 January 2017, at the age of 89 in Warsaw.

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.



Halfyear-programme October 2016 - March 2017
Flyer (PDF, German only)

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