Statement by the Bergen-Belsen Memorial on the claim that Israeli voices are excluded from the 2024 commemoration

We cannot accept the press release that claims that Israelis were excluded from this year's commemoration of the anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen on 5 May. This is not and has not been the case: a child survivor of Bergen-Belsen from...


Press release

79th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp

On 15 April 1945, British troops liberated the prisoners in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. As in previous years, the commemoration takes place on the next Sunday that does not fall on a religious holiday. This year it is 5 May. Today and on 5...



The Foundation mourns Jochevet Ritz-Olewski

The Foundation is in mourning. We were terribly saddened to hear that Jochevet Ritz-Olewski, Chairwoman of the Irgun Sherit Hapleta Bergen-Belsen in Israel, passed away on 10 February 2024. She represented the Irgun on the Foundation Advisory Board....



An attack on democracy: Vandalism at the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation


Last night, the headquarters of the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation in Celle were attacked and vandalised. Several windows were smashed, and an information board was torn off the wall. “We have, of course, filed criminal charges”, said...



Jahresendgruß | End-Of-Year-Greetings

Ein Jahr voller Ambivalenzen liegt hinter uns. Wir sind dankbar für Begegnungen, die wieder möglich waren. Gleichzeitig fordern die kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen in Europa und der Welt, flüchtende Menschen, Desinformation und das Erstarken...



Winter break from December 19, 2022 to January 8, 2023

The memorials in the prison in Wolfenbüttel and Bergen-Belsen, as well as the foundation's headquarters, will take a winter break from December 19, 2022 to January 8, 2023! The documentation centers of the two memorials and their service facilities...



New appointees to the Advisory Board that supports the work of the Lower Saxony memorials


On Monday, Professor Menachem Rosensaft, who was born in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp, was appointed chairman of the Advisory Board of the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation. Although the Foundation maintains contact with over 100 survivors on account...


27 January

Over 100 memorial museums and educational sites are participating in the nationwide campaign #LichterGegenDunkelheit- #LightsAgainstDarkness

27 January—the day on which, in 1945, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp—has been the day of remembrance for all victims of National Socialism in Germany for 25 years.


On this day of remembrance, memorial...


Special exhibition

"Children in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp"

The special exhibition Children in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp tells the story of the around 3,500 children under 15 who were imprisoned in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Based on individual life stories, the exhibition presents the...


Funding secured: collaborative project between the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation and TIB on places of Gestapo terror in present-day Lower Saxony

Traces of the past: making Gestapo crimes digitally visible

Where in present-day Lower Saxony were places of Gestapo terror located? Which buildings did the political police use during National Socialism? Where did the Secret State Police have its headquarters and detention centres? How did transport services...