The Development Process of the New Memorial

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The Development Process of the New Memorial

The Political Process since 2004 

In 2004, Dr. Linde Apel and Dr. Frank Bajohr, of the Research Center for Contemporary History in Hamburg, presented the first study on "The Deportations of Jews, Sinti and Roma from Hannoverscher Bahnhof in Hamburg from 1940 to 1945" to the Cultural Authority. The discoveries made from this study, on a chapter of Hamburg’s history which up until then had been largely obscured, were what pushed the former Minister of Culture Prof. Dr. Karin von Welck to mark Lohseplatz – the former forecourt of the Hannoverschen Bahnhof –  with information boards, in February 2005.

2007 - 2008 Colloquium and Workshop Discussion

In order to establish the former train station as a place of commemoration in the city, she also initiated a multi-stage political process, which has since incorporated organisations of victims and those affected. After a colloquium in June 2007 on the topic "The memorial site Lohseplatz in HafenCity", governmental parties decided to develop a memorial at the former train station (Hannoverscher Bahnhof) in a coalition agreement, in spring 2008.

Through a workshop discussion lead by a steering committee, recommendations for the commemorative site and the revisions to the master plan for HafenCity were publicly presented and debated.

2009 - Exhibition "Sent to Their Deaths"

In 2009, Linde Apel’s exhibition "Sent to Their Deaths: The Deportations of Jews, Roma and Sinti from Hamburg 1940 to 1945" was displayed in the Kunsthaus Hamburg, which was commissioned by the Hamburg Minister of Culture.

2009 - 2010 -International Design Competition

An international design competition for Lohse Park took place between 2009 and 2010, which was won by the landscape architecture firm, Vogt, from Zürich. 

2016 - Opening of Lohse Park with inauguration of the "Fuge"

In 2016, another important step in the process of the memorial was completed; Lohse Park was officially opened and the "Fuge" was inaugurated. The "Fuge" connects the central memorial site of the historical remains of Platform 2 with the former train station forecourt (Lohseplatz).

2017 - Inauguration of the Central Memorial Site

In May 2017, the central memorial site with the historical remains of Platform 2 and the rail line were completed and 20 commemorative plaques, on which the names of the victims were listed, were unveiled. The attributions on these plaques corresponds with the research conducted through 2016. It is quite possible that other Jews, Sinti and Roma were deported from the station.

For the new and final premises for the information and documentation center at the memorial, which is expected to be completed in 2020, the exhibition “Sent to Their Deaths”, originally concepted by Dr. Linde Apel, has been revised and redesigned. The exhibition is intended to focus on the process of social exclusion and deprivation of rights and the role of the perpetrators and the beneficiaries, and it will especially focus on the biographies of the victims. For this, the biographies of the "Werkstatt der Erinnerung" ("Workshop of Memory") and the biographies researched and collected over the last few years by the “Stolpersteine” (“Stumbling Stones”) project provide an important connecting factor.