“Memorial Museums Explained”

The memorial museums overview lists around 300 memorial museums and documentation sites as well as other commemorative sites in Germany, which mainly provide information on crimes committed by the NS regime at historical sites and commemorate the various victim groups.

Memorial museums for Nazi victims in Germany are characterised by three features:

• They focus on the history of the authentic sites, they preserve, document, and teach about the history of the Nazi crimes that took place at these sites, and they commemorate the victims.

• The history of the historical sites is explained in part through the public exhibitions at these sites. The exhibitions are primarily located on the premises of the historical sites. In some cases, historical explanations of the respective sites are accessible outdoors thanks to the use of information boards and nature trails that trace what happened.

• At each location there is an institution, the size of which can vary greatly, that can provide information on historical issues, above all on the fate of victims, and provide ongoing mediation services.