Photo Credit: Michael Callan 2013
Sandbostel Memorial Camp – Stalag XB Today.
The Memorial Camp Sandbostel, formally Stalag XB, is a place of commemoration and remembrance, research, gathering, preservation, mediation and historical learning. Dr. Andreas Ehresmann and his team present all these dimensions of their work to visitors.
In their educational work with young people, they have different offers for memory and remembrance, as well as learning at the historical place of the happening, the crime scene.
The special thing about a visit to the memorial camp in Sandbostel for school groups is that the youths on the site of the memorial find a large number of preserved historic al buildings. With the help of age-related information tours and multimedia edited statements of time as well as historical picture and film material, the students can make their own picture of the history of the former prisoner of war camp (Stalag) XB
Visits to the memorial are recommended from age 10.
There is a nominal charge of €2 per participant for tours or project days.
One of the core tasks of the Sandbostel Memorial Camp is, besides mediation, the collection, preservation and research on the history and post-war history of Stalag XB. The memorial has a library and an archive, which can also be used by researchers.
For a planned visit to the archive and the library, a prior registration is required by telephone 04764-22 54 812 (from Ireland 0049 4764-22 54 812) or by e-mail archiv (at) stiftung-lager-sandbostel.de
For more information see link:
10th March to the 7th April 2017 at Sandbostel.
Over the years Wolfgang Sellner from Bremervörde has collected documents and objects from the time of national socialism in the Elbe-Weser triangle. In the course of a year, he assembled the documents, photographs and artifacts into collages and has presented them at different places in the Elbe-Weser-Triangle under the title "Life under the Hakenkreuz [Swastika]"
For the first time, from Friday 10 March to Friday 7 April 2017, the entire collection will be shown on 63 display boards in the Gedenkstӓtte Lager Sandbostel.
On the basis of the documents and the propagated Nazi propaganda materials, the increasingly radicalizing domestic policy becomes evident in the chapters "Politics", "Economy", "Culture" and "Family".
Further exhibition panels show newspaper articles, photographs and propaganda maps, which point to the aggressive expansive politics of National Socialism and show different phases of the Second World War.
On the basis of the dense material, visitors can also understand the everyday life of the civilian population, which changed according to the course of the war. The initial Blitzkrieg [Blitz] victory excitement is also addressed as well as the experience of the Allied surface bombardment of German large cities towards the end of the war.
Please contact Gedenkstӓtte Lager Sandbostel for further information. https://www.stiftung-lager-sandbostel.de/
Archaeological Work 2016 at Stalag XB
Since the beginning of September 2016, the former prisoner of war areas of Sandbostel, which had once again been used as agricultural land, were systematically investigated by trained and authorized archaeologists. There were two volunteer teams. Team 1: Thomas Kirscht and Matthias Glüsing and Team 2: Dietrich Alsdorf and Marcel Kiesner. The two teams were able to able to excavate and retrieved an enormous quantity of items from the past.
The items found included prisoners of war everyday objects and equipment, such as; eating utensils, fittings of the barracks, buttons and buckles. The British Army had a temporary tent camp in this area during the time of liberation and some British Army Equipment was also found. These included for example; fragments of binoculars, lighters and some projectiles.
All the excavated items were handed over to the Sandbostel Memorial Camp where an inventory was made, the objects were cleaned and then stored in a protected environment.
In the former administration area, an outstanding find was made by Thomas Kirscht. Near the location of the administrative barrack, he found a safe-like metal cabinet. The robust door was originally locked, but had been opened in a previous and unknown time. Inside, two dated ‘smoking cards’ were found. Due to the date of validity of the cards (9.4 to 6.5.45), the metal cabinet can be dated to the beginning of April 1945 and therefore has been placed in storage.
Important finds are tags belonging to the prisoners of war. Because of the individual prisoner of war numbers imprinted on these tags, they can be individualized and assigned to an actual person. In the current campaign, 30 numbered tags or fragments of numbered tags have been retrieved, insofar that the numbers are identifiable. In addition, numerous fragments of identification tags were recovered, on which only parts are legible and therefore cannot be assigned to an individual. The numerous finds and the named individuals are now carefully stored and recorded in the memorial.
For more information see link:
Commemoration Ceremonies at Stalag XB, Sandbostel on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp.
Photo Credit: Lewke-Björn Rudnick, April 29, 2015