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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  • 1939-1945 Ravensbrück concentration camp
  • 1945 - 1959 Early commemoration
  • 1959 - 1992 National Memorial
  • since 1993 Memorial Museum Ravensbrück


Congratulations to Marie-Jo Chombart de Lauwe on her 100th birthday!

31. May 2023

On 31 May 2023, the French resistance fighter and Ravensbrück survivor Marie-Jose Chombart de Lauwe will celebrate her 100th birthday. She has been active in the Amicale de Ravensbrück and the FNDIRP for decades. more

Save the Date! European Summer-University Ravensbrück 2023

22. May 2023

The 16th European Summer University Ravensbrück themed "Witnessed Memory: Narrating. Preserving. Passing on" will be dedicated to the topic of bearing witness at sites of Nazi persecution. The interdisciplinary conference takes places between August 28 to September 1, 2023. more

16th European Summer University Ravensbrück
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