View across Anne-Frank-Platz to the Documentation Centre, 2007. Photo by Klemens Ortmeyer. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
View of the exhibition section on the concentration camp. Youth photo workshop, 2015. Photo by Sebastian S. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Wall panels in the exhibition section on the POW camp, 2007. Photo by Berthold Weidner. Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Visitor at the permanent exhibition in front of a biographical video point, 2015. Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Display cases in the floor of the exhibition section on the concentration camp with archaeological finds from the former camp, 2007.Photo by Klemens Ortmeyer. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Supplementary information in the exhibition section on the DP camp, 2007. Photo by Berthold Weidner. Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Looking from the Documentation Centre into the grounds of the former camp, 2007. Photo by Berthold Weidner. Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
“Anne’s Dress": construction of the installation by Klaus Steinke in the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, 2014. Photo by Heike Rudolph. Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Opening of an exhibition with paintings by the Spanish artist Sofia Gandarias: “Kafka, the Visionary”, 2016. Photo by Martin Bein. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Sight-and-sound installation: “Here: Bergen-Belsen, Space for Memory” by Paul Verschure, 2012. Photo by Helge Krückeberg. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Visitor at the travelling exhibition “Rediscovered: Evidence from the Holzen Concentration Camp”, 2014. Photo by Michael Pechel. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation
Opening of the travelling exhibition “Between Harz and Heath: Death Marches and Evacuation Transports in April 1945”, 2015. Photo by Martin Bein. Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation

Exhibitions

Permanent exhibition

At the back of the Documentation Centre is a permanent exhibition on the history of Bergen-Belsen, which covers around 1,500 square metres spread over two floors. The exhibition focuses on the POW camps on Lüneburg Heath between 1940 and 1945, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp between 1943 and 1945, and the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp between 1945 and 1950.

The current permanent exhibition opened in 2007. It includes written documents, video interviews, memoirs, diaries, drawings, photographs, and objects, all of which are placed in a historical context. More than 400 former concentration camp prisoners and around 50 former POWs contributed to the exhibition by lending or donating objects and participating in interviews. This has led to the creation of a veritable archive of memory which revolves around the perspective of the victims.

The exhibition aims to restore the voices, faces, and individual stories of the former concentration camp prisoners and POWs as much as possible. The three sections of the exhibition are therefore framed by a prologue and an epilogue. The prologue features excerpts from interviews with Bergen-Belsen survivors who talk about their everyday lives before their persecution. Between the video stations are photographs of people who died in the camp – photos in which they are surrounded by their families, heading to work, spending time with friends. In the epilogue, survivors talk about the how their persecution affected their lives after the liberation.

Special exhibitions

Dates of current and planned special exhibitions.
Archive of previous special exhibitions.

Travelling exhibitions

Information about loanable travelling exhibitions