Photo: Naomi Tereza Salmon. Buchenwald Memorial

Disinfection station

In 1942, when Buchenwald became a transhipment centre for labourers from all over Europe, the SS had a disinfection station built. In this building, the arriving inmates had to turn in their civilian clothing and all of their possessions. Their heads were shaven and they were immersed in a disinfection bath. In the disinfection chambers their clothing was purified of vermin. Then the inmates were herded through an underground passageway into the neighbouring depot.

Today the disinfection station accommodates the memorial’s art exhibition as well as changing special exhibitions.