Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Emotional inheritance?Traces of antisemitism after 1945
Presentation by and discussion with Enno Stünkel, VHS Celle
In 1945, antisemitism ceased to be a state ideology.From one moment to the next, it was no longer opportune to publicly proclaim a feeling enmity towards Jews.However, the ways of expressing antisemitism have merely changed.This event will look at Martin Heidegger’s “Black Notebooks”, post-war literature and some unpublished autobiographical sources to trace how antisemitism could still be expressed in public in a democratic society.Victims had to be turned into perpetrators and Jews confused with Nazis in order to turn “ethnic comrades” into democrats.
Such reinterpretations and linguistic confusion continue to have an effect to this day and can be seen in the poem “What Must Be Said” by Günter Grass, for example. After an introductory presentation, the discussion will focus on the emotional needs that are met by this antisemitism without antisemites.
This event is a cooperative project between the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation, the VHS Celle adult education centre, the Jewish community of Celle, the Celle City Archive and the Celle Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation.
Location:VHS Celle, Trift 20, hall

Sunday, 30 October 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, 7 November 2016, 5:00 p.m.
“Rest in peace, dear comrades...”
The Bergen-Belsen POW Cemetery – History and Memory Culture
Book presentation and discussion with Dr Rolf Keller and Silke Petry
One of the largest war grave cemeteries in Germany is located near the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.It holds nearly 20,000 Soviet soldiers who died between 1941 and 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen POW camp and hospital and who were buried initially in individual graves but then, from the autumn of 1941, in mass graves.Most of these soldiers fell victim to brutal treatment, insufficient food and a lack of medical care by the Wehrmacht.The cemetery is also the resting place for other victims, namely, Polish POWs and Italian military internees.
The richly illustrated book explains the history of the Bergen-Belsen POW camp, the living conditions and mass deaths experienced by the prisoners, the layout and design of the cemetery by the Wehrmacht during the war, and the monuments, redesign measures and political conflicts in the following decades and during the evolution of memory culture since the end of the war.
Location:Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation,
Im Güldenen Winkel 8, 29223 Celle

Sunday, 13 November 2016, 2:30 p.m.
From baker to concentration camp commandant:The “astounding” SS career of Adolf Haas
Presentation by Jakob Saß (Berlin)   
Location:Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Film Room

Sunday, 27 November 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Soviet POWs in Bergen-Belsen
Thematic tour with Jakob Rühe through the permanent exhibition and grounds of the former camp
Location:Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Meeting place:Information desk in the Documentation Centre


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.



Reopening the cafeteria on October 1, 2016

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

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