Monday, February 18, 2013

Zwangslager - Forced camp (Marzahn)

Before 2012, with the opening of the Monument to the Porajmos: Sinti and Roma Holocaust Victims Remembered in Berlin, this was the only memorial for Sinti and Roma. It's in a empty area not really attractive, south of the more interesting Alt-Marzahn. With the new Monument in Tiergarten Berlin has given back dignity to them.

Berlin-Marzahn Rastplatz was a camp set up for Romani people in the Berlin suburb of Marzahn by Nazi authorities.
At 4 a.m. on 16 July 1936, prior to the opening of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, police began arresting all Romani people in Greater Berlin and forcibly relocated them to Marzahn, an open field in eastern Berlin sandwiched between a cemetery and a sewage dump. Later, the prison would be surrounded by barbed wire and prisoners were subject to forced labour in armament plants.
Eventually, the men from Marzahn would be sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp (in 1938), and women and children were sent to Auschwitz (in 1943).

More infos: WIKI (german)

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