Newsletter Issue 6, Fall 2013




Dear Readers,

I am delighted to be able to send you a new issue of our Newsletter, presenting
a review of our ongoing work as well as current projects and events.

The Dachau
Concentration Camp Memorial Site mourns the loss of Paul Kerstenne, founding
member and honorary treasurer of the Comité International de Dachau, who at the
age of 92 died on June 21, 2013. Active in the Belgian resistance he was
arrested in 1942 and sent to the Dachau
concentration camp the following year. In the winter of 1944/45 Kerstenne was
assigned to the plantation work detail in the “herb garden”. Following the
liberation of the concentration camp on April 29, 1945 Kerstenne became
actively involved in the work of the international prisoners’ committee before
assuming the role of treasurer of the International Dachau Committee.

The Dachau
Memorial Site is holding two events to mark the 75th anniversary of
the November pogroms of 1938, often known as the “Reichskristallnacht” or the
“Night of Broken Glass”: a contemporary witness talk with Marko Feingold and a
lecture on the fate and work of the deaf artist David Ludwig Bloch. In the wake
of the November pogroms almost 11,000 Jewish men from Germany and Austria
were deported to the Dachau
concentration camp. By 1939 at least 250 of them had lost their lives here.

On August 20, 2013
the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel visited
the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. This was the first time a
currently serving chancellor had visited the Dachau Memorial Site by a
currently serving chancellor. Attracting great public interest, it also represented
an important occasion for the survivors of the Dachau concentration camp who were present.

The next issue of
our newsletter is scheduled for the spring of 2014.

With kind regards,

Gabriele Hammermann

Coming Dates

75th Anniversary of the November Pogroms

Contemporary Witness Talk with Marko Feingold On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Marko Feingold will take part in a contemporary witness talk and tell about his persecution at the hands of the Nazis. Marko Feingold; © Michael M.Vogl Marko M. Feingold is born on May 28, 1913 in Neusohl in the more

75th Anniversary of the November Pogroms

Lecture: “The Artist David Ludwig Bloch, the November Pogroms of 1938, and the Dachau Concentration Camp” On November 27, 2013 Dr. Michaela Haibl and Dr. Dirk Riedel will present the life and work of the deaf artist David Ludwig Bloch, who was sent to the Dachau concentration camp in November more

Due to overwhelming response: the dramatic reading “Mit uns fing alles an” to be staged at the Memorial Site in January 2014

© KZ-Gedenkstaette-Dachau A dramatic reading focusing on the first ever prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp in 1933, “Mit uns fing alles an” (“It all began with us”), will take place on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7 pm in the cinema of the Memorial Site; admission is free. March more

Thematic tours and excursions

In addition to regular tours, the Education Department of the Memorial Site offers tours and excursions every month focusing on special themes. More detailed information on the respective tours is available in our event calendar Bildungsprogramm (pdf in German, 868 kB). Thematic tours Meeting point: at the Visitor’s Center of the Dachau more


Conference of archive and databank staff in October 2013 in Dachau

Held annually for the last 15 years, this international workshop is for staff working with databanks – in particular for gathering data on the victims of National Socialism – in memorial sites and archives. After a break of 13 years Dachau once again hosted the conference. The archivist Albert more


New presentation of exhibits in the permanent exhibition

Barrow from the “plantation”; © KZ-Gedenkstaette-Dachau For the last two years the Dachau Memorial Site has been gradually reworking the presentation of exhibits in the museum. Exhibits both already known and hitherto unseen from our collection have been presented in new display cases. The goal is to improve the more

New staff at the Dachau Memorial Site

Mathilda Schlosser is 19 and comes from near Karlsruhe. Her interest in political and historical subjects motivated her to take up her voluntary year of social service at the Dachau Memorial Site. Before beginning her university studies she wishes to do something useful and contribute to the commemorative work more

Literature Tips

Literature Tips

    Bullinger, Ruth Elisabeth : Belastet oder entlastet? Dachauer Frauen im Entnazifizierungsverfahren. – Munich : Herbert Utz Verlag 2013 (Dachauer Diskurse ; vol. 7) Answering the question of guilt and responsibility for Nazi crimes of violence is no simpler even 70 years after the end of the Second World War. The instruments more