Due to the corona pandemic, also this year the victims of the bombing of the Lübeck Bay on May 3rd, 1945 can not be commemorated publicly in Neustadt. Instead, the following online events are available on May 3rd, 2021:
Silent commemoration without guests at the memorial in Neustadt-Pelzerhaken. The commemoration will be broadcast live here starting at 10:00 a.m.
– Klaus Schlie, President of the Schleswig-Holstein State Parliament
– Mirko Spieckermann, mayor of the city of Neustadt in Holstein
– Sönke Sela, chief of the town council
– Swenja Granzow-Rauwald, Chairwoman of the Young Committee of the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme
At 11 a.m., the commemorative video of the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme with greetings from AIN Vice President Jean-Michel Gaussot, survivor Marian Hawling and the son of a Cap Arcona victim Bernard Jeune, will then be released online.
The commemoration ceremony marking the 76th anniversary of the end of the war and the liberation of the concentration camps at the Neuengamme concentration camp memorial will also take place without guests present on site. Instead, it will be broadcast live on the Internet by NDR starting at 5 p.m. The Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial and the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme will commemorate the anniversary of the liberation with speeches, musical contributions and a silent remembrance at the International Memorial of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, as well as with a special multimedia reportage.
Dr. Oliver von Wrochem, director of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.
Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Maria Bering, Ministerial Director and Head of the “History, Remembrance” Group at the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Karin Prien, Minister for Education, Science and Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein
Livia Fränkel, survivor of Neuengamme concentration camp
Dr. Martine Letterie, President of the Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme
Please also note the following:
The translation of the speeches from the Neustadt livestream are available for download on the AIN website (English, French, Dutch, Russian and Polish). The AIN video is available in 2 languages (German and English) plus download Russian, Polish, Dutch, French, Spanish. Neuengamme provides simultaneous translation into German and French.