Opening of the exhibition | Foto Jesco Denzel

Special exhibition: “From Lower Saxony to Auschwitz: The persecution of the Sinti and Roma under the Nazis”
Bergen-Belsen Memorial, 4. March 2018 – 18. March 2018

In December 1942, Heinrich Himmler, Chief of the SS and Police, ordered all Sinti and Roma living in the German Reich to be deported to Auschwitz. In early March 1943, the police deported at least 700 Sinti and Roma from Lower Saxony to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Most of them were murdered in the gas chambers there by the SS. Only around 3,000 men and women were left alive by the SS – in order to carry out forced labour for the armaments industry. While the women were sent to Ravensbrück, the SS took nearly all surviving male prisoners to the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp. After this camp was evacuated, the prisoners were sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in early April 1945.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the deportations to Auschwitz, the Association for the History and Life of the Sinti and Roma in Lower Saxony has developed an exhibition entitled “From Lower Saxony to Auschwitz”, an updated and expanded version of which will be on display from 4 to 18 March 2018 at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.