Sent to Their Deaths – The Deportations of Jews, Roma and Sinti from Hamburg from 1940 to 1945

Sent to Their Deaths – The Deportations of Jews, Roma and Sinti from Hamburg from 1940 to 1945

The exhibition was produced by Dr. Linde Apel on behalf of the Department of Culture, Sports and Media, in cooperation with the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg (Hamburg Contemporary History Research Center) and the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.

This exhibition was designed with a conceptual focus on the perspectives of more than 7692 deportees and what happened to them at the sites of deportation.

It presented video and audio interviews with survivors, photos, documents such as letters and diaries, and original memento items. These exhibition items help give back to the victims their faces and their life stories, which have been obscured by the anonymous lists, standardized forms, and the administrative operations of the perpetrators, with their seemingly “correct” division of labor.

The exhibition was shown at Hamburg’s Kunsthaus from 17 February to 26 April 2009. It was the first time an exhibition commemorated the Jews, Sinti and Roma of Hamburg who were deported.

The concept for a commemorative site at Lohseplatz includes the construction of a building featuring space for an information and documentation center highlighting the deportation events as part of the history of Hamburg.