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VGKN-Website und VGKN-Newsletter dreisprachig verfügbar | Le site web et le bulletin d’information de VGKN sont disponibles en trois langues | VGKN website and VGKN newsletter available in three languages

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DEUTSCH: Ab sofort ist die VGKN-Website, wie auch der VGKN-Newsletter in drei Sprachen angelegt: Deutsch, Französisch und Englisch. Um die Sprache der Website zu wählen, klicken Sie bitte auf die Nationalflaggen der gewünschten Sprache.

Der Newsletter ist künftig folgend aufgebaut: Zuerst wird der Beitrag in deutscher Sprache angezeigt, darunter folgen dann Französisch und Englisch. Um zu der gewünschten Sprache zu gelangen empfiehlt es sich den deutschen Text nach unten zu scrollen.

FRANÇAIS : Le site web et le bulletin d’information du VGKN sont désormais disponibles en trois langues : Allemand, Français et Anglais. Pour choisir la langue du site, veuillez cliquer sur les drapeaux nationaux de la langue souhaitée.

Le bulletin d’information sera structuré comme suit : L’article sera d’abord affiché en langue allemande, puis en français et en anglais. Pour arriver à la langue souhaitée, il est recommandé de faire défiler le texte allemand vers le bas.

ENGLISCH: The VGKN website and newsletter are now available in three languages: German, French and English. To choose the language of the website, please click on the national flags of the desired language.

The newsletter will be structured as follows: First the article will be displayed in German, then French and English will follow. To get to the desired language it is recommended to scroll down the German text.

Publication: Final strokes and local memory cultures. The “second history” of the southwest German subcamps of Natzweiler concentration camp since 1945

Posted on 20 August 2020

We congratulate our first chairman, Dr. Marco Brenneisen, on his published dissertation, which has been published in the series of the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg (LpB).To the content of the work:

The dissertation of the historian Dr. Marco Brenneisen contains a comprehensive presentation of the “second history” of the southwest-defining subcamps of Natzweiler Concentration Camp (Alsace). It examines how these places of terror were dealt with after the end of the war – in social, political, administrative and historiographical terms.

Between 1943 and 1945 there were at least forty concentration camps on the territory of the present-day states of Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate, which were assigned to Natzweiler Concentration Camp in Alsace. The book comprehensively and in great detail traces phases and caesuras of reappraisal and remembrance from the occupation period until 2015, also taking into account conflicts at local and regional level. The synopsis of the various local cultures of remembrance creates a differentiated picture that also contributes to a better understanding of today’s memorial landscape in Baden-Württemberg.

The book can be ordered in the webshop of the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg (LpB) at a price of 6,50 EUR plus 3,- EUR shipping (

Film shooting for the Bundeswehr about the Natzweiler concentration camp complex

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The CERD is currently producing a film about the Natzweiler concentration camp complex for the German Armed Forces. The reconnaissance film is to contain a total of one hour of film time.

Dorothee Roos (founding member and former chairwoman of the VGKN, chairwoman of the Neckarelz concentration camp memorial) and the VGKN coordinator Anja König were invited to Struthof to report on the beginnings of the VGKN and Franco-German cooperation, the projects that have been completed and are ongoing, current and future.

The interview was conducted by Eulalie Giraud and Paul Emmerich, both from CERD.

from left to right: Paul Emmerich, Anja König, Dorothee Roos, Eulalie Giraud
Photo: @CERD

60th anniversary at Struthof

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60 years ago, on 23 July 1960, General Charles de Gaulle inaugurated the Deportation Memorial and the Struthof necropolis.

On the occasion of this anniversary, the Franco-German exhibition “Passant, te souviens-tu de nous?”/”Passant, do you remember us?

Bilingual press kit of the exhibition DOWNLOAD

Representing the memorials in the Natzweiler concentration camp complex were Dorothee Roos (founding member of VGKN, former chairwoman, director of the Neckarelz Memorial) and Anja König (VGKN coordinator).

Guillaume d’Andlau, director of the CERD, gave an introductory speech. He thanked all those involved who made this exhibition possible.

Guillaume d`Andlau, photo: @CERD

The following was reported by contemporary witness Liliane Carré, daughter of former Natzweiler prisoner Yvon Carré. Only after 60 years after her father’s death did she find out that he was buried in the necropolis at Struthof and only then did she learn painfully about his life story.

Liliane Carré, Foto: @CERD

The television channel France 3 has made available a report on the life story of Yvon Carré, which you can access here.

Finally, the heads of the Office national des anciens combattants et victimes de guerre (ONACVG), Mrs Véronique Peaucelle-Delelis, spoke about the important work of remembrance and commemoration and its constant continuation.

Véronique Peaucelle-Delelis, photo: @CERD