Prisoner of War Camps

Memorial museums exist today at about a dozen sites of former POW camps. The camps were adapted to the structure of the military districts and were under the control of the armed forces (Wehrmacht).

The exhibitions primarily focus on the different living conditions of the POWs, depending on their country of origin. Especially the Soviet prisoners of war were treated extremely badly. In 1941 and 1942, for example, many of them died or were deliberately murdered as a result of the inferior prison conditions. After Italy’s capitulation in 1943, Italian military internees were also held in these camps. They were also treated particularly badly.

The cemeteries located in these camps are now international places of remembrance. The memorial museums highlight the role of the war and the importance of the armed forces in the occupation and the crimes against humanity committed in the camps.


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[Translate to Englisch:] ©, Foto: Sylvio Dittrich
Colditz Castle Escape Museum
Schloßgasse 1, 04680 Colditz
Prisoner of War Camps
[Translate to Englisch:] © Stadtverwaltung Weinsberg
Documentation Center for the Weinsberg Camp
Karl-Weinbrenner-Straße 24, 74189 Weinsberg
Memorial museum
Prisoner of War Camps
Gudendorf Memorial
Vierthstraße, 25693 Gudendorf
Prisoner of War Camps
Henri Goldstein House
Himmelmoorstraße 4, 25451 Quickborn
History educational trail
Prisoner of War Camps
Information and Memorial Site Stalag VI A Hemer
58675 Hemer
Memorial museum
Prisoner of War Camps
[Translate to Englisch:] © Gedenkstätte und Museum Trutzhain
Memorial and Museum Trutzhain
Seilerweg 1, 34613 Schwalmstadt
Memorial museum
Prisoner of War Camps
[Translate to Englisch:] © Geschichtswerkstatt Französische Kapelle
Memorial French Chapel in Soest
Zur Französischen Kapelle 16a, 59494 Soest
Memorial museum
Prisoner of War Camps
[Translate to Englisch:] ©Meetingpoint Memory Messiaen e.V.
Memorial Site Stalag VIII A
Demianiplatz 40, 02826 Görlitz | Koźlice 1, 59-900 Zgorzelec
Memorial museum
Regional NS History
Prisoner of War Camps
Forced Labour
Memorial Stalag 326
Lippstädter Weg 26, 33758 Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock
Memorial museum
Prisoner of War Camps
[Translate to Englisch:] © Initiativgruppe Lager Mühlberg e.V., Foto: Uwe Steinhoff
POW Camp »Stalag IVB«
Dorfstraße, 04931 Mühlberg/Elbe
Outdoor installation
Prisoner of War Camps

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