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Bergen-Belsen Memorial Extension

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KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten
location Lohheide
function exposition space, information centre, library, memorial space
contributed by NGHM

The Bergen-Belsen Memorial is situated 60 km north-east of Hannover, in the Lüneburg Heath. Located on the grounds of the former P.O.W. (Prisoner of War) and concentration camps, marked graves and monuments hold reminders of the suffering and deaths of its prisoners. A new documentation center illustrates the history of the camp and its victims: a 200m long and, at 18m wide, relatively slender monolithic building. Its extraordinary cubature, the radical limitation to just a few monochrome materials, the lack of any detailed ornamentation as well as the physical presence of the large shape with minimalist recesses and openings merge into a powerful, meaningful piece of architecture. More than 60 years after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp – after a long phase of suppression and destruction of the memory at the historical site – Bergen-Belsen is with this new extension to take up a firm position in the collective memory of Germany.

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Bergen-Belsen Memorial Extension
Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen
Project is public!
Opening hours April till September: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. October till March: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (except Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan.1) The admission is free.
How to get there? Car: The way to the memorial is indicated on the motorways from all directions. Approximately 40 km from the motorway exit Mellendorf and 25 km from the exit Soltau Süd. Public transport: It is difficult to get there by public transport. Connection to the railway (Deutsche Bahn) exists at Celle. Several times per day buses leave from the station to the Bergen-Belsen Memorial on weekdays. Further information on the website of the Memorial or on
Completion 10- 2007
Floor area/size 6160 m2
ArchitectKSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten
Client Stiftung niedersächsische Gedenkstätten
Project ID 1479
Latitude/Longitude 52°45'27N 09°54'44E
Contributed by NGHM
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