Memorial site work

Education, events and association

There is a constant interest in the events at Porta Westfalica in 1944 and 1945. From the 1970s at the latest, there were various attempts to address the topic. However, the information was not available to the general public until today.

"Not wanting to know is unconditional surrender!" This quote comes from Pierre Bleton, a French prisoner interned in Hausberge at the time. The Porta Westfalica Concentration Camp Memorial and Documentation Centre would like to honour his quote through active remembrance work and commemorate the approximately 3,000 men and women who suffered and died here in three subcamps.

The Porta Westfalica Concentration Camp Memorial and Documentation Centre has been run by the association of the same name since 2009. The association collects documents, testimonies and literature relating to the subcamps and the National Socialist era from 1933 to 1945.

All of these are valuable starting points for analysing the history of National Socialism and the satellite camps of the Neuengamme concentration camp in Porta Westfalica and making the topic accessible to the general public through this website, the exhibition, documentation material and guided tours. The association, which currently has 185 members, is supported by 100 volunteers.

Up-to-date information on events and guided tours can be found on the association's website: