In 1939, the SS had the largest women’s concentration camp in the German Reich built in Ravensbrück near Fürstenberg. In 1941, a men’s camp was added, and in 1942, Uckermark “juvenile protective custody camp” was taken into operation.
After the liberation, the Soviet Army took over much of the former concentration camp and used it as a barracks. From 1948, former prisoners attempted to preserve at least the area around the crematorium and turn it into a place of remembrance.
The “Ravensbrück National Memorial” was opened in 1959 and was one of the GDR’s three national memorials. The bronze sculpture “Burdened Woman” (“Tragende”) was at the heart of the memorial’s design on the banks of lake Schwedt. Until 1994, the grounds of the former concentration camp were used for military purposes.
In 1993, the Memorial became part of the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation. In 2013, the new permanent exhibition “The Ravensbrück Women's Concentration Camp: History and commemoration“ was opened in the presence of former detainees.
- 1939-1945 Ravensbrück concentration camp
- 1945 - 1959 Early commemoration
- 1959 - 1992 National Memorial
- since 1993 Memorial Museum Ravensbrück
Memorial will remain open with restrictions
According to the current Corona regulations of the regional government and in agreement with the health authorities, the Ravensbrück Memorial will remain open at the times indicated. Booked educational events can only be held in the form of guided tours in the outdoor areas. Visitors are obliged to comply with the general rules of conduct, social distancing and hygiene.
The Visitor Centre, archive and library are closed, but enquiries can still be made by e-mail.
The staff, some of whom are in home office, can also be contacted by e-mail.
From 19 December 2020 until 1 January 2021 the memorial will be closed.
We ask for your understanding and remain healthy!
In the SS-Auxiliary: The Female Guards of the Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp
New permanent exhibiton in one of the former female guard's houses
STELLENAUSSCHREIBUNG: Sekretär/in für die Geschäftsleitung der Stiftung
03. December 2020
Die Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten sucht spätestens zum 01.02.2021, eine/n Sekretär/in für die Geschäftsleitung der Stiftung. Die Stelle wird mit der Entgeltgruppe 5 TV-L vergütet und ist vorerst auf 2 Jahre befristet. Die Wochenarbeitszeit beträgt 20 Stunden.
Die Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück trauert um Noëlla Rouget, die im Alter von 100 Jahren verstorben ist.
01. December 2020
Le Mémorial de Ravensbrück pleure la mort de Noëlla Rouget, qui est décédée à l'âge de 100 ans.
CURRENT OPENING HOURS DUE TO THE CORONA PANDEMIC
outside aerea: 9 am - 5 pm
main exhibition: 10 am - 2 pm
“In the SS-Auxiliary” - The Female Guards of the Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp: 2:30 - 4 pm
Visitor's Information Centre: closed
19 Dec. 2020 until 1 Jan. 2021: CLOSED
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Straße der Nationen
Der Internationale Freundeskreis e.V. unterstützt und fördert die Arbeit der Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück.