Persons interested in this travelling exhibition, German or English version, please contact:

Torsten Heß
Phone: +49 (0)3631 495 815
Fax: +49 (0)3631 495 813

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Additional information

Information about the exhibition brochure here

Exhibition banner at the entrance. Photo: Nina Reip

From Auschwitz to the Harz.
Sinti and Roma in the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp

The exhibition on the history of the Sinti and Roma in the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp takes on a topic that has been largely neglected within Germany.

The impetus behind the exhibition is twofold: the discrimination that Sinti and Roma continue to face in many parts of Europe, and the 70th anniversary of Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler’s “Auschwitz decree”. It was this decree, issued in December 1942, which ordered that all Sinti and Roma living in the German Reich be deported to Auschwitz. Following this order, thousands of Sinti and Roma were killed in the gas chambers at the camp. Only about 3,000 people survived the “gypsy family camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In August 1944, the camp was dissolved by the SS. Nearly all the male survivors were sent to Mittelbau-Dora, which became the main detention site for Sinti and Roma during the final year of the war.

The exhibition focuses on the deportation of Sinti and Roma from Auschwitz to the Harz region of Germany, and their subsequent struggle for survival at the Mittelbau-Dora camps. It also documents the rise of persecution of Sinti in Nordhausen during the 1930s by way of many documents, photographs, and personal accounts. Finally, it addresses the survivors’ difficult and often futile struggle to be recognized as victims of National Socialist persecution after the war. Biographies of inmates and a video interview of Franz Rosenbach, a survivor of the camp, offer additional insight into the experiences of these inmates and survivors.

The exhibition brochure is available in the bookshop of Mittelbau Dora Concentration Camp Memorial here.