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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1939-1945 Ravensbrück concentration camp
- 1945 - 1959 Early commemoration
- 1959 - 1992 National Memorial
- since 1993 Memorial Museum Ravensbrück
Memorial will remain open with restrictions
According to the current Corona regulations of the regional government and in agreement with the health authorities, the Ravensbrück Memorial will remain open at the times indicated. Booked educational events can only be held in the form of guided tours in the outdoor areas. Visitors are obliged to comply with the general rules of conduct, social distancing and hygiene.
The Visitor Centre, archive and library are closed, but enquiries can still be made by e-mail.
The staff, some of whom are in home office, can also be contacted by e-mail.
We ask for your understanding and remain healthy!
In the SS-Auxiliary: The Female Guards of the Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp
New permanent exhibiton in one of the former female guard's houses
Ausstellungsprojekt „Deportation von Frauen aus Frankreich ins KZ Ravensbrück, 1942-1945“
18. November 2020
Projet d'exposition sur les femmes déportées de France, 1942-1945
10. November 2020
Die Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten sucht für die Mahn-und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück ab sofort eine/n Gärtner/in. Die wöchentliche Arbeitszeit beträgt 40 Stunden. Die Einstellung erfolgt im Rahmen einer Krankheitsvertretung und ist daher vorerst bis 31.12.2020 befristet. Eine Verlängerung ist möglich. Die Vergütung erfolgt nach Entgeltgruppe 4 TV-L.
CURRENT OPENING HOURS DUE TO THE CORONA PANDEMIC
outside aerea: 9 am - 5 pm
main exhibition: 10 am - 2 pm
“In the SS-Auxiliary” - The Female Guards of the Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp: 2:30 - 4 pm
Visitor's Information Centre: closed
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