1st Chairwoman: Dorothee Roos
Born 1954, grew up in Homburg/Saar. Studied German and History at the University of Mannheim. However, I only held this teaching position for a short time, after that I worked as a freelancer in adult education and as a journalist in the field of culture and history. Since the end of the 1990s, my voluntary work for the Neckarelz concentration camp memorial site has become increasingly important. Since 1997 I have been the chairwoman of the Memorial’s supporting association and, together with a motivated team, I was responsible for the educational work as well as for public relations and event planning. From the very beginning, the concentration camp memorial has intensively cultivated contacts with France. This applies both to the close relations with former French prisoners and their families and to the Natzweiler Memorial in Alsace. Initially, this was for historical reasons: In the area of the “Neckarlager” (“Neckar camps”), of all the Natzweiler subcamps, most French resistance fighters were imprisoned both absolutely and relatively. Furthermore, in November 1944, the command of the main camp was transferred to three villages near Neckarelz. This is why the Neckarelz Concentration Camp Memorial Site tells the last chapter in the history of the main camp in its exhibition entitled “Natzweiler am Neckar”. But as a Saarlander, I was also personally born with a close relationship to France; knowledge of French was helpful in the exchange of ideas with my French colleagues. When the application for the European Heritage Label led to the foundation of the VGKN Memorial Sites Network, I gladly accepted the task of getting this network off the ground and was also intensively involved in the project work. After two terms of office as VGKN chairwoman, I was able to hand over my tasks to younger hands, but I will remain closely connected to the VGKN via Neckarelz.
2. Vorsitzende: Brigitta Marquart-Schad
In May 2009 the social action “72 Stunden” (“72 hours”) of the BDKJ (Federation of German Catholic Youth) was a welcome occasion to get to know the memorial Eckerwald and to work actively at this historical place with my class 9 of the secondary school Gosheim-Wehingen.
Within the framework of this project we met surviving prisoners from Poland as well as relatives of survivors from all over Europe. These encounters touched me very much and so I became a member and a few months later 2nd spokesperson of the board of the Initiative Gedenkstätte Eckerwald e.V. Since 2016 I am 1st spokesperson of the board.
When the VGKN was founded in November 2016, I agreed to serve as deputy chairwoman. Interest in the further networking of the CERD with the subcamps’ memorials, the development of joint French/German projects and much more were the cornerstones of my brief time at the VGKN.
I sincerely wish the VGKN with all its players that the diverse tasks will continue to be successfully pursued.
Treasurer: Dr. Albrecht Dapp
Ever since my childhood I have been occupied with coming to terms with the Nazi past – in view of the fact that my family was affected by the National Socialists . Since I came to Spaichingen in 1986, I have also devoted myself, as far as my scope of activity in addition to my job as chief physician in a small clinic allowed, together with some fellow citizens, to the commemoration of the Natzweiler subcamp which existed there from 1944 to 1945. As a representative of this initially only loose association, I took part in the founding of the VGKN in 2016 and, at the suggestion of the two chairwomen at the time, Dorothee Roos and Brigitta Marquart-Schad, took over the office of treasurer. In order to intensify the memorial work in Spaichingen, we founded an “Initiative KZ-Gedenken” in Spaichingen in 2018 as an association.
The work as treasurer during the start-up phase of the VGKN and the many challenges and information associated with it are exciting tasks and bring a wide range of ideas, now that as a retiree I would like to devote myself to other interests outside medicine. I would like to contribute to the successful continuation of the manifold projects of this important commemoration work.