Commemorating the Deportees from Hamburg 1940–1945
Today Lohse Park stretches from The Spiegel building to the north, to the Baakenhafen to the south. In that space once stood the Hannoversche Bahnhof; which was inaugurated in 1872. Between 1940 and 1945, 8,071 Jews and Sinti and Roma from Hamburg and Northern Germany were transported in 20 rail transports from there to the ghettos and extermination camps in the East.
As a way to commemorate this chapter of Hamburg’s history that was only more recently brought to light, the memorial site denk.mal Hannoversche Bahnhof is being developed in and around Lohse Park and will consist of three elements, with expected completion in 2021.
In addition to the main memorial site where the remains of Platform 2 stand, the site also features a second element, the so-called “Fuge”, which leads from the former station forecourt (Lohseplatz), through the park, along the historical track to the platform. The third element is a Documentation Center, an approximately 700 m2 space which will be built for exhibitions and events. It will be developed on the west side of the park with a direct visual link to the historic memorial site.
The nucleus of the Documentation Center will be a permanent exhibition about the fate of the deported citizens of Northern Germany and Hamburg, coordinated by the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. It will be developed from the concept of the work of historian Dr. Linde Apel, who designed a temporary exhibition titled, "Sent to Their Deaths", which has been in a small version on display since autumn 2013 in the Information Pavilion of the denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof.