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Das Gelände des Dokumentationszentrums 2017. Foto: Andreas Schoelzel
©Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit Berlin-Schöneweide, Volker Kreidler
© Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit Berlin-Schöneweide, Volker Kreidler
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"Zwischen allen Stühlen. Die Geschichte der italienischen Militärinternierten 1943–1945" © Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit. Foto: Andreas Schoelzel
Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit/Friedhelm Hoffmann

The Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Centre (Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit) on is located at the historical site of a former forced labor camp that has been largely preserved. The camp was erected in the middle of a residential area at the end of 1943 by the “General Building Inspector for the Reich Capital” (GBI), under the direction of Albert Speer. The 3.3 hectare grounds contained 13 stone housing barracks and a central administration building.

The “GBI-Lager 75/76” (its abbreviation in contemporary documents) was built for 2,160 male and female forced laborers, but was not filled to capacity. More than 400 Italian forced laborers, including military internees, were housed here along with male and female civilian forced laborers from different countries. In 1945, during the final months of the war, two additional barracks also served as living quarters for female concentration camp prisoners who were forced to work at the Pertrix battery plant.

After 1945 the Red Army used a few barracks as a paper storage area for the Soviet Military Administration. The GDR vaccine production plant probably moved in 1947 into the six barracks that are now used by the Documentation Centre. The remaining barracks are today still occupied by a workshop, sauna, day-care centre, car show room and bowling restaurant. An unfinished barrack was torn down shortly after the war. Another barrack was torn down in 2000. The Vaccine Institute closed down after 1989. Beginning in 1995, this section of the historical camp grounds stood empty for over ten years.

The public was very late to become aware of the history of the former forced labour camp in Schöneweide. By 1994 various initiatives were working to preserve the historical site and to establish it as an educational site.

In 2004 the Berlin Senate resolved to have a documentation centre on the history of Nazi forced labor established at the site. An international advisory board was founded in 2005/2006 with the support of the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future.” It advised on the design and use of the historical grounds and on the concept for developing a future documentation centre as an educational site with an exhibition and archive. Two barracks were refurbished with rooms for exhibitions, special events, seminars, an archive, library and offices. The Documentation Centre opened and was officially handed over to the Topography of Terror Foundation on August 24, 2006.

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  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
  • 24. December closed
  • 31. December closed


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Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit/Friedhelm Hoffmann


Spanische Zwangsarbeiter im Zweiten Weltkrieg

Národní archiv České republiky

Online Exhibition: The human as a commodity

Forced labour at Siemens in Berlin

Foto: Wolfgang Bittner
Ein Alter Gewölbekenner mit Feuchtigkeitsspuren

In den Kellern Berlins

Unterirdische Rüstungsproduktion der Firma Telefunken in den Kriegsjahren 1944/1945



"Ostarbeiter" im Deutschen Reich

Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit

Zwangsarbeit in Berlin 1938–1945

At an end, but not over

Berlin Nazi Forced Labour Camps 1945

© Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit
© Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit

Between two Stools

The story of the Italian military internees 1943–1945

© Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit / V. Kreidler
Start of the exhibition "Forced Labour in the Daily Round 1938–1945"

Forced Labour in the Daily Round 1938–1945

© Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit / M. Steffen
Blick auf "Baracke 13" © Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit, Foto: Matthias Steffen

Barrack 13

Everyday life in the camp


Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit/ Andrea Genest

Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre

Alltag von Zwangsarbeiterinnen und Zwangsarbeitern im Nationalsozialismus

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Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit

Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre

Fahrradtour „Vom Kaiserreich zum Nationalsozialismus“

Guided Tour



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