Places of remembrance

Memorial sites

Germany bears a special responsibility for the victims of National-Socialist tyranny and for the consequences of the Second World War. Since its reunification it also falls to Germany to keep alive the memory of those who suffered under the Communist dictatorship.

A memorial stone in the special camp for Jews. In 1938/39 it stood on the western edge of the parade ground. Following the November Pogrom in 1938 the SS sent 10,000 Jewish men from across the whole of Germany to the camp.

A memorial stone in Buchenwald concentration camp

Photo: picture-alliance / dpa

That is why the Federal Government supports a number of museums and historical sites of national significance. Examples include the German Historical Museum in Berlin and the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn.

Museums and historical sites

German Historical Museum

Foundation Haus der Geschichte

Jewish Museum Berlin

Alliierten Museum Berlin

German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

Germany bears a special responsibility for the victims of National-Socialist tyranny during the Third Reich and for the consequences of the Second World War.

Promoting memorial sites and memorials to Nazi crimes

Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorials Foundation - Buchenwald und Mittelbau-Dora

The German Resistance Memorial Center

House of the Wannsee-Konferenz

Saxon Memorial Foundation dedicated to the memory of the victims of political dictatorship

Topography of Terror Documentation Center

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen

Memorial of the Dachau Concentration Camp

Bergen-Belsen Memorial

Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

The Federal Government attaches great importance to the reappraisal of the SED dictatorship. The Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship and the Stasi Records Agency, among others, have a key role to play in that.

Institutions involved in the reappraisal of the SED dictatorship

Agency of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU) safeguards and administers the records of the former State Security Service of the GDR

Foundation Memorial Berlin-Hohenschönhausen

Berlin Wall Foundation

Tränenpalast at Bahnhof Friedrichstraße in Berlin

Museum in the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin

Point Alpha Foundation

Bautzen Memorial

Memorial Museum of the "Runde Ecke"