The original association was founded at an annual conference in Stuttgart in August 1993 by survivors and former prisoners of the women's concentration camps of Moringen, Lichtenburg, and Ravensbrück, as well as the relatives and friends of the former prisoners. By founding this new association, the former association Lagergemeinschaft Ravensbrück [Ravensbrück Camp Survivors], an association made up of former prisoners from East and West since the reunification, opened itself up to a younger generation willing to do everything necessary to protect the legacy of the victims of the women's concentration camps, to maintain the sites of the women's concentration camps and memorials and to take part in those institutions.
Although the site of the concentration camp was used by the Soviet army after the end of the war, memorial services were held in Ravensbrück soon after 1945. In 1959, the Ravensbrück Memorial Site was founded. It has been part of the Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten [Foundation of Brandenburg Memorial Sites] since its founding in 1993.
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Ergebnisse aus Recherchen, Forschungen und Gespräche, durchgeführt im Rahmen von wissenschaftlicher Tätigkeit am Institut für Konfliktforschung in Zusammenarbeit mit der österreichischen Lagergemeinschaft Ravensbrück und FreundInnen.
Das umfangreiche Material ist mit dem Anliegen veröffentlicht, die Erinnerung an die Frauen von Ravensbrück wach zu halten und ihre Geschichte bekannt zu machen. Unter den Porträtierten sind auch ehemalige Häftlinge der KZ Uckermark.
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Between 1933 and 1945, three concentration camps were located right in the center of Moringen: the concentration camp for men (1933), the concentration camp for women (1933–1938), and the concentration camp for youth (1940–1945). In the 1980s, the inhabitants of Moringen and its surrounding areas began to deal with the long-repressed history of these camps. They dealt intensively with coming to terms with the history of the Moringen Concentration Camp, and in 1989 formed the association "Lagergemeinschaft und Gedenkstätte KZ Moringen e.V." [Camp Community and Moringen Concentration Camp Memorial]. This group is also responsible for the memorial site created at the gatehouse in 1993.
The Online GedenkstättenForum [online memorial site forum] was created by the Stiftung Topographie des Terrors [Topography of Terror Foundation]. It is meant to serve as an initial interactive communications platform for memorial sites in Germany to network with one another. By bringing together all of those participating in this field, it will be a central networking hub for memorial sites in Germany. This website is comprehensive; it posts an events calendar, a publication list, the textual archive of the memorial sites' newsletter [GedenkstättenRundbrief], an overview of projects and research, a news group, and more.
This group's site provides extensive information on memorial sites in North Rhine-Westphalia, a list of upcoming events, as well as links to related websites from various regions.
Martin Guse had already written on youth concentration camps in his master's thesis and created the first exhibition on the topic: Wir hatten noch gar nicht angefangen zu leben ["We hadn't even started to live yet"]. Alongside information about his exhibition and a well-sorted collection of links, he also provides a broad historical overview, focusing for the most part on the Moringen Concentration Camp. He does, however, devote part of this extensive presentation to the Uckermark and Ravensbrück concentration camps.
Article in the online edition of Jungle World #36 - September 4, 1997, on the first FrauenLesbenBaucamp [Women and Lesbian Volunteer Work Stays] in 1997.
Mädchen im Jugendschutzlager Uckermark des KZ-Komplexes Ravensbrück (Hausarbeit, Sommersemester 2006)
(This list of links is the result of preliminary research on the Uckermark Youth Concentration Camp; it only represents a selection out of the extensive information available online on persecution and the era of National Socialism. Please refer to the shoah.de website below for a more complete list.)
Die Internetseite »www.dubistanders.de« ist eine Online-Ausstellung über Jugendliche aus ganz Europa, die in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus als »anders« ausgegrenzt und verfolgt wurden. Sie porträtiert 15- bis 21-Jährige, die nicht anders als heutige Jugendliche auch, Wünsche, Ängste, Träume und Überzeugungen hatten. Sie schrieben Tagebuch oder Gedichte, machten Musik oder spielten Fußball.
Einige der Jugendlichen sind prominent, so wie Sophie Scholl, die meisten aber sind unbekannt. Sie wurden aus unterschiedlichsten Gründen zu Verfolgten. So erinnert die Ausstellung an Lebensgeschichten von jüdischen Jugendlichen, Sinti, als »asozial« Verfolgten, Homosexuellen, politisch Andersdenkenden und Widerständlern, Menschen mit Behinderung, Zeugen Jehovas, Kriegsgefangenen, Kindern während der Leningrader Hungerblockade sowie Opfern der Wehrmachtsjustiz. Allen bislang 30 Akteuren der Ausstellung ist gemeinsam, dass sie sich in einem menschenfeindlichen System selbst zu behaupten versuchten.
An article published on the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation's website on the Siemens production sites in Ravensbrück where forced laborers from the Uckermark Youth Concentration Camp were deployed.
Extensive, thematically-sorted compilation of Snell Library holdings on the Holocaust, good research foundation (English)
An article released by Interim 431 on the issue of reparations for forced laborers, primarily dealing with the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp.
Chronology of forced labor at Siemens, part of the website http://ravensbrueck.irmielin.org entitled "Fragmente über meine Grossmutter Ilse Hunger" [A Few Things About My Grandmother Ilse Hunger]
Internet portal (in German) on the Shoah and the Holocaust by the Aktion Kinder des Holocaust (akdh.ch) [Children of the Holocaust Campaign]. A list of 800 well-organized links to internet resources, grouped thematically and searchable. A very impressive website.
Bilingual (German - English) art project, that puts a spotlight on the poetry written by Ravensbrück prisoners. There is a chronology of the camp and a "virtual place of remembrance."
This site is dedicated to the fate of Jehovah's Witnesses, among others, under the National Socialist regime [standhaft = steadfast]. Jehovah's Witnesses were one of the largest persecuted groups, and many were incarcerated in Ravensbrück. This site provides a summary of the current exhibitions, discussion events and film presentations by various organizations, as well as a discussion platform.
This study group was founded in Frankfurt on the Main in 1967. One of its most important responsibilities is to study the entire political and social spectrum of the antifascist resistance between 1933 and 1945, and above all to spread awareness about aspects of the resistance that are either excluded or receive little notice in the public sphere. The organization's archive contains material on the years between 1933 and 1945, primarily on the antifascist resistance, National Socialist persecution, forced labor, the National Socialist concentration camp system, and on the Nazi dictatorship's different victim groups. The extensive library – held largely in a Faust databank – can be accessed here: www.ifaust.de/studienkreis-bibliothek
The archive, including valuable documents and comprehensive textual materials inherited after the end of the war can be found on the study group's website:
This website presents the documentary film (which was more than two years in the making) and the exhibition made by the project group Spurensuche from the Maria-Theresia School in Augsburg. The 200 Jewish schoolgirls known at the time, who attended the school between 1892 and 1938, are introduced to the viewer through short biographies, and photographic and archival materials. This documentation also once again allows access to an important component of Augsburg city history, which had been almost completely destroyed by the Nazis. Marianne Weil's life story is focused upon as a means of illustrating the fate of these children. Marianne died in Auschwitz. The site also includes witness testimonies and the history of school life under the National Socialist regime; these reflect the increasing disfranchisement and marginalization of the Jewish schoolgirls and their families. In addition, the site documents the feedback received about the November 2005 exhibition at the Maria-Theresia School.
Since 2007, the working group "The Marginalized – Yesterday and Today" has been researching the causes, manifestations, continuities and discontinuities of the exclusion and persecution of people stigmatized as "asocial."
The working group's goal is to raise public awareness about this topic through publications and various events, including commemorative events in Berlin and Brandenburg.
The "JugendWohnProjekt MittenDrin" (JWP MittenDrin e.V.) [The Youth Housing Project Right in the Middle of It] organizes the "Antifa Camp Ravensbrück" [Ravensbrück Antifascist Work Stay]. It takes place once a year during the summer and advocates for the "Siemens forced labor camp" to be integrated into the Ravensbrück Memorial. There is a very informative short documentary about the 2011 work stay on youtube.
Fighting together to never forget!
For more information visit: http://www.antifa-ravensbrueck.de