The Soviet special camp No.7 / No. 1 1945 - 1950

The museum 'Soviet special camp'

The museum 'Soviet special camp No.7 / No. 1' was opened on the 9 December 2001. The museum is located within the grounds of the ex-special camp, the largest of ten Soviet special camps built in the Soviet occupied territories and presents the history of the camp in a dignified and appropriate manner.

Faced by the challenge of presenting the two sides of Sachsenhausen's history, the museum not only contains a permanent exhibition of over 700 exhibits, but has also been integrated into the framework of Sachsenhausen's decentral concept.

The museum itself is located in an historically important part of the camp. Designed by Frankfurt's Schneider + Schumacher Architektenb├╝ro, the museum is located directly on the borders of zone I, where the internees where held and zone II, the area where the prisoners convicted by the Soviet military tribunal were held.

In addition, the site of the mass graves - today a memorial, and the brick barracks are easily visible from the museum. Four barracks have been integrated into the concept of the museum and in two of the barracks recordings made by witnesses describe the catastrophic prison conditions and the corresponding deaths of prisoners.

The permanent exhibition is split into the following parts:

More informations:

The Soviet special camp No.7 / No. 1 1945 - 1950
Introduction to the history of the Soviet special camp No. 7 and No. 1
Construction of special camp No.7 / No.1
The camp's many uses
The prisoners are released: the camp is closed
The internees and the convicted
Life and death in the camp
A break in the silence
The museum 'Soviet special camp'