Since the reconstruction of concentration camp memorials in the 1990s, the history of these places hasn’t been further presented only through exhibitions. Since then it has been more about a reconnection of single presentations to the concrete points of the former concentration camp area. For this reason concrete material places and their building structures become more important for communication of historical facts.
The article focuses exemplarily on the construction of remembrance of Jewish prisoners of the Buchenwald concentration camp at the site of today’s Buchenwald Memorial (near Weimar). The research draws upon material information media including descriptions and analysis of monuments, inscriptions, photographs and texts.
It becomes apparent which historical information or associations about the prisoners history are being communicated to the visitor and what is the relation between concentration camp as a historical place and its constructed commemorative site.
Author(s): Alexandra Klei,