Bullenhuser Damm

The former schoolbuilding at Bullenhuser Damm

The Bullenhuser Damm Memorial

is a memorial site of the Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres Commemorating the Victims of Nazi Crimes. It honours the memory of 20 Jewish children and at least 28 adults who were murdered by SS men in the basement of the building on 20 April 1945. Before they were murdered, the children were abused for pseudo-medical experiments at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp. The Memorial comprises an exhibition and a rose garden.


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Visiting the Memorials in Times of the Coronavirus

Please check our calendar of events for the latest information on our events. Some events will be take place digitally. While the grounds of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial are accessible,…

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Year-end Circular Letter 2020/2021

Dear Madam, dear Sir, dear Friends, 2020 has, in many respects, brought changes for us all, and that includes the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. At the beginning of the year for instance,…

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Commemoration at Bullenhuser Damm

Friday, April 20, 2018, a commemoration was held at the Bullenhuser Damm Memorial, where 73 years ago 20 children, their four caregivers, and 24 Soviet prisoners were killed by the SS. The children…

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Foto von SchülerInnen, die sich an der Gedenkfeier beteiligten

Remembering the Children of Bullenhuser Damm

The story of the murder of 20 Jewish children in a former school, Bullenhuser Damm, in Hamburg-Rothenburgsort 72 years ago is being told in books and at holocaust memorials all over the world. The…

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Events (in german)

  • Sunday, April 4, 2021 14:00–16:00

Die Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm

Öffentliche Führung durch die Gedenkstätte und den Rosengarten mit Alexis Werner.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 18:00–20:00


Zur Erinnerung an die Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm

Digitale Veranstaltung zur Erinnerung an die Ermordung von 20 jüdischen Kindern, vier Häftlingsärzten und -pflegern, sowie mindestens 24 sowjetischen Häftlingen durch die SS am 20. April 1945. Mehr Informationen:

An diesem Tag hat die Ausstellung in der Gedenkstätte Bullenhuser Damm von 10.00 bis 18.00 Uhr geöffnet.

  • Sunday, May 2, 2021 14:00–16:00

Führung und Gespräch in der Gedenkstätte Fuhlsbüttel mit Ehrenamtlichen der Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes (VVN-BdA)

Öffentliche Führung durch die Gedenkstätte und den Rosengarten mit Alexis Werner.

  • Sunday, June 6, 2021 14:00–16:00

Die Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm

Öffentliche Führung durch die Gedenkstätte und den Rosengarten mit Dieter Schlichting.

The Bullenhuser Damm satellite camp after its evacuation, May 1945.

The SS physician

Dr Kurt Heißmeyer conducted tuberculosis experiments on prisoners in Neuengamme concentration camp. For this purpose, he had ten girls and ten boys brought to him from Auschwitz concentration camp in November 1944. They were between 5 and 12 years old. The children were cared for by two French prison doctors and two Dutch male prison nurses, who had been imprisoned as resistance fighters. Afterwards, to cover up the crime of this experiment, the SS decided to murder the children and their four caretakers. Just days before the end of the war, they were brought to the Bullenhuser Damm School, which was being used as a satellite camp at that time, in the war-ravaged district of Rothenburgsort. There, they were murdered in the basement of the school on the night of 20 April 1945. That same night, at least 24 Soviet concentration camp prisoners were also hanged in the basement.


The exhibition at Bullenhuser Damm

The Bullenhuser Damm Memorial and Rose Garden for the Children of Bullenhuser Damm

was built in 1980 by the Children of Bullenhuser Damm Association to commemorate the victims of this crime. In 2011, a new permanent exhibition was opened (in German and English). It provides visitors with information about the site as a school and as a satellite camp of Neuengamme. It also tells about the medical experiments, the victims, how they were murdered, the perpetrators and how these crimes were dealt with after 1945. Roses can be planted in memory of the murdered children and prisoners in the rose garden behind the school playground. A bronze sculpture by Anatoli Mossitschuk was also erected in 1985 to commemorate the Soviet prisoners. 

Grete Hamburg visits the rosegarden commemorating her brother Walter Jungleib

Bullenhuser Damm 92
20539 Hamburg

Opening hours:
We are closed at least until 1. April 2021
Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
tours available on request.
The rose garden is always open.

Admission is free.

Most of the Memorial Site is wheelchair-accessible.

Book a group tour:
Museumsdienst Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 4281310