On 21 April 1945 the SS forced more than 30,000 inmates of Sachsenhausen concentration camp, some of them women and children, to leave the camp on foot on a death march towards the north-west. Hundreds died on the way or were shot by the SS. From 23 to 29 April more than 16,000 inmates were corralled together in the Below Forest near Wittstock, where they camped in the open air without food and water, fenced in by barbed wire and guarded by a chain of SS guards.
Already in 1945 a commemorative stone was erected in the nearby cemetery in Grabow for 132 concentration camp inmates who died in Below Forest. The first commemorative stone at the historic site of the forest camp followed in 1965. Ten years later, the memorial that still exists today was inaugurated. Since 1976 120 uniform commemorative tablets have marked the routes of the Death March between Oranienburg and Schwerin.
In 1981 the Museum of the Death March was opened as an external site of the Sachsenhausen National Memorial. In 1993 it became part of the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation. In early September 2002 a fire attack by neo-Nazis destroyed one of the two exhibition rooms. After this, a process of redesigning started.
The Death March Memorial in Below Forest was reopened in April 2010, following an extensive redesign, for the 65th anniversary of the Liberation. Its central focus is the historic site in the forest, covering some 20,000 m². On a raised platform next to this is the open-air exhibition "April 1945: the Death March by the Inmates of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp".
- April 1945 Death March and forest camp
- 1945-1981 Commemorating the Death March
- 1981-2010 Museum of the Death March
- since 2010 Death March Memorial in Below Forest
Corona pandemic: the Death March Memorial is closed from 14 March
Due to the Corona pandemic the Death March Memorial in Below Forest will be closed for all visitors from 14 March until further notice. All educational programs and events are cancelled either, uncluding the ceremony of commemoration dedicated to the 75th anniversary of liberation on 17 April.
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STELLENAUSSCHREIBUNG: Mitarbeiter/in in Teilzeit für das Besucherinformationszentrum
27. March 2020
Die Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten sucht voraussichtlich zum 01.06.2020 für das Besucherinformationszentrum der Gedenkstätte und des Museums Sachsenhausen eine/n Mitarbeiter/in in Teilzeit, vorerst befristet auf 2 Jahre, für durchschnittlich 13,33 Stunden/ Woche (auch an Wochenenden), vergütet mit Entgeltgruppe 5 TV-L.
STELLENAUSSCHREIBUNG: Pädagogische/r Projektleiter/in
12. December 2019
Die Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten sucht für die Gedenkstätte und das Museum Sachsenhausen ab Januar 2020 eine/n pädagogische/n Projektleiter/in in Vollzeit für ein Projekt der Pädagogischen Dienste zur Entwicklung und Erprobung gedenkstättenpädagogischer Seminare mit kulturpädagogischer Ausrichtung.
Death March Memorial in Below Forest
Head of Charge: Carmen Lange
Telephon: +49 (0)39925-2478
The open-air exhibition and the historic site in the forest can be viewed at any time during daylight hours.
The office, information centre and bookshop are open Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free. Guided tours cost € 15 to € 50 [per person], depending on group size. Project costs by arrangement.
With the financial assistance of