Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück

[Translate to English:] Das Frauen-Konzentrationslager Ravensbrück bei seiner Erweiterung um das Jahr1940

In 1939, the SS had the largest women’s concentration camp in the German Reich built in Ravensbrück near Fürstenberg. In 1941, a men’s camp was added, and in 1942, Uckermark “juvenile protective custody camp” was taken into operation.
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[Translate to English:] Gedenkzeremonie an der ehemaligen Lagermauer (1950)

After the liberation, the Soviet Army took over much of the former concentration camp and used it as a barracks. From 1948, former prisoners attempted to preserve at least the area around the crematorium and turn it into a place of remembrance.
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[Translate to English:] Einweihung der Nationalen Mahn- und Gedenkstätte 1959

The “Ravensbrück National Memorial” was opened in 1959 and was one of the GDR’s three national memorials. The bronze sculpture “Burdened Woman” (“Tragende”) was at the heart of the memorial’s design on the banks of lake Schwedt. Until 1994, the grounds of the former concentration camp were used for military purposes.
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[Translate to English:] Dauerausstellung "Das Fruaen-Konzentratinoslager Ravensbrück. Geschichte und Erinnerung" in der ehemaligen Kommandantur

In 1993, the Memorial became part of the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation. In 2013, the new permanent exhibition “The Ravensbrück Women's Concentration Camp: History and commemoration“ was opened in the presence of former detainees.
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Corona pandemic: the Ravensbrück Memorial is closed from 14 March 2020

Due to the Corona pandemic the Ravensbrück Memorial Museum will be closed for all visitors from 14 March presumably until 15 May 2020. This includes all exhibitions as well as all educational programs, library and archive. No events will take place either, including all events which were planned from 17 to 20 April in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of liberation.

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Eine Studie von Jan van Ommen zur Rettungsaktion von KZ Häftlingen nach Schweden ist erschienen

08. April 2020

Seit Jahren hat Jan van Ommen in zahlreichen Archiven recherchiert, um das Schicksal der im KZ Ravensbrück und im KZ Neuengamme vom Schwedischen, Dänischen und Internationalen Roten Kreuz befreiten Frauen aufzuklären. Sein Bericht unter dem Titel „1945 - Destination Sweden“ ist nun als E-Buch erschienen. Auf 86 Doppelseiten beschreibt der Autor, dessen Mutter im KZ Ravensbrück inhaftiert war, sowohl die Vorgeschichte, als auch die verschiedenen Transporte der Frauen mit Bussen bzw. einem Zug über Dänemark nach Schweden. more

Starke Worte der Solidarität in Corona-Zeiten / Strong words of solidarity in Corona times

01. April 2020

Wir möchten diese Worte von Elżbieta Kuta, Präsidentin des polnischen Verbands „Rodzina Więźniarek Niemieckiego Obozu Koncentracyjnego Ravensbrück” gern mit Ihnen teilen. more

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Memorial Museum Ravensbrück

Straße der Nationen
16798 Fürstenberg/Havel

+49 33093-608-0
info@ravensbrueck.de

Opening hours

Exhibitions:
October to April: Tue - Su 9 am - 5 pm
May to September: Tue - Su 9 am - 6pm

Memorial grounds:
October to April: Tue - Su 9 am - 5 pm
May to September: Tue - Su 9 am - 8 pm

Highlighted objects

Isa Vermehren

The memoirs of Isa Vermehren are among the earliest published eyewitness accounts. The first edition was published by Christian Wegner Verlag (Hamburg 1946) with the title A Journey through the Final Act: A Report (10.02.44 to 29.06.45). Numerous editions of Vermehren’s book have been published since then, most recently by Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag (Reinbek bei Hamburg 2005).

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