Remembrance forms collectively

The new design of this burial site is based on living memory. Buried at the Friedhof Altglienicke are people who were murdered in the concentration camps Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, and Dachau; in euthanasia centers as patients in Hartheim, Sonnenstein, Bernburg, Grafeneck, Brandenburg, and Hadamar; and in the prison Plötzensee.

The participatory process focuses on the names of those who fell victim to national socialist violence. We are looking for volunteers to record by hand, the names, and birth and death dates of those buried here. This personal handwriting shapes the main design element at the memorial site.

Erinnerung entsteht gemeinsam zwischen Menschen die heute leben.


Our conviction that remembrance and commemoration arise between people alive today led us to choose this form of personalized naming. In this context, the task of the artistic and architectural design is not only to provide space for information and mourning. We also want to create spaces of possibility for becoming active and reacting to the socially-borne crimes of national socialist tyranny. As is the case with many commemorative sites, the new design in Altglienicke has been inspired by involved citizens. Our aim is to give lasting visibility to this participation of many.

In most cases, little is known about the individual fates; the name, dates and places of birth and death, and in some cases, an occupation. The writers will come into contact with this information. Often, any information beyond the dates of birth and death cannot be guaranteed as it is from the notes of the perpetrators and also serves to conceal facts, which is why it will not be permanently enshrined at the memorial site. All that can be read there will be the names and dates of birth and death of those buried here. Their names shine bright in green glass.