Colloquium 2007

The Office for Cultural Affairs, the Department of Urban Development and the Environment, and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH together presented a day-long colloquium on 18 June 2007 on the subject of “The Lohseplatz Commemorative Site in HafenCity.”

Colloquium 2007

The Office for Cultural Affairs, the Department of Urban Development and the Environment, and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH together convened a day-long colloquium on 18 June 2007 on the subject of “The Lohseplatz Commemorative Site in HafenCity.”

Lohseplatz was the station forecourt of the since-destroyed Hannoverscher Bahnhof (formerly also known as Venloer or Pariser Bahnhof) in today’s HafenCity. From 1940 to 1945, at least 7692 Jews, Roma and Sinti were systematically deported in twenty documented railway transports from Hannoverscher Bahnhof to concentration camps and extermination camps. With the decision to develop HafenCity and the drafting of the master plan in 2000, as well as the separation of the overall area from the Hamburg free port in 2003, Lohseplatz in HafenCity became increasingly visible in the public eye. 

In view of the ongoing development of HafenCity, it was necessary to consider a form and design that allows Lohseplatz to live on as a place of remembrance. The Senate placed great importance on this event in motivating a process of finding ways to mark Lohseplatz, the forecourt of Hannoverscher Bahnhof, as a site of commemoration, remembrance and warning, in an appropriate and dignified manner.

“Memories and Expectations” as well as “Art, Architecture, Landscape Design - Approaches Towards Engagement” were focal points of the colloquium, during which intensive discussions were held to search for ways of giving appropriate visibility to the history of this square, which will become so important within the future city center.

Download: Presentation by Prof. Dr. Stefanie, Endlich, University of the Arts Berlin: Forms of Treating Historical Sites (German, PDF)

Download: Presentation by Dr. Peter Fischer, Central Council of Jews, Berlin: A Future without Memory? Considerations on the Place of Deportation from a Historical Perspective (German, PDF)

Download: Presentation by Constanze A. Petrow, Bauhaus University Weimar: A Memorial Site in the Park (German, PDF)