Memorial Museums

Memorial museums are a fundamental part of the German culture of remembrance. At this juncture, we would like to explain some basic terms and working methods and provide insight into the memorial museum landscape.

Memorial Museums Overview

The memorial museums overview contains almost 300 memorial museums and documentation sites as well as remembrance sites in the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, more than 450 international memorial museums for Nazi victims in other countries are also listed.


Historical Crime Complexes

The memorial museums and monuments for the victims of the Nazi regime can be assigned to historical crime complexes according to their location-specific thematic focus.The terms used in the memorial museums overview are explained in detail here.


Memorial Museums Explained

The places of remembrance are complex and varied. We explore some aspects in more detail here.

Diversity of Memorial Museums

The memorial department of the Topography of Terror Foundation describes the various types of the memorial museums under the title “Memorials for Nazi Victims in Germany”. In cooperation with seven other memorial museum institutions, the project uses the multimedia storytelling tool Pageflow to provide insight into the work of the memorial sites.


History of Objects

The objects exhibited at memorial museums and places of remembrance are an important part of historical mediation at the sites of Nazi crimes. They represent a connection to both the victims and perpetrators, and sometimes a history of the place becomes clearer through objects. The “History of Objects” section offers a look at selected finds from the online collection portal.

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