Remodelling of the permanent exhibition on the history of the Buchenwald concentration camp

Due to the remodelling of the permanent exhibition on the history of the Buchenwald concentration camp and the associated programme of structural renovation, the former depot building – together with the exhibition that it has previously housed – will be closed from 21 April 2015 until 10 April 2016.

During this time, the exhibition In Black and White: Photographs of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp will be on display in the former inmates’ canteen.

Signpost on Caracho Path, pointing the way to the Buchenwald SS caserns and Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Carved by inmate Bruno Apitz. At the bottom left, a section of the bus stop sign for the Weimar-Buchenwald line ("Kraftomnibuslinie Weimar – Buchenwald") can be seen. Photo: SGBuMD

In Black and White - Photographs of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp

"In Black and White: Photographs of Buchenwald Concentration Camp" is the first pictorial history of a former concentration camp in Germany. The exhibition opened on 15 July 2007 within the framework of the memorial service marking the seventieth anniversary of the construction of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

The exhibition takes as its point of departure the findings of a research project funded by the German Research Foundation. Within the framework of that project, 6,000 of the altogether more than 10,000 photos in the holdings of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation were inventoried according to the latest scientific criteria. These holdings constitute the oldest major photo collection at a concentration camp memorial in Germany.

In the exhibition "In Black and White: Photographs of Buchenwald Concentration Camp", a selection of approximately 300 historical photos are on display. The show also features film footage shot by the American liberators as well as the historical slide lecture of a former inmate (43 images). The exhibition "In Black and White" moreover forms the basis for the virtual photo exhibition bearing the same title.