Many places of remembrance in Berlin include a specialist library with a particular focus. The librairies are reference librairies and so the materials can only be used on location and cannot be checked out. They are available to all interested parties and can be used for academic research, school projects or personal research purposes.

More information about the libraries is available on the respective websites.

Ravensbrück Memorial Site/Brandenburg Memorials Foundation (Specialised library since 1993)

Focuses

  • Concentration Camp, esp. the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp Complex (Ravensbrück Women’s
  • Concentration Camp, the so-called „men’s camp“, satellite camp)
  • early Women’s Concentration Camp in Moringen and Lichtenburg
  • Youth Concentration Camp Uckermark
  • Women, children and youth in NS
  • Women and gender research
  • Racism and the system of terror
  • History of the memorial sites
  • History of prisoners‘ assoications
  • Post-war history and processes
  • Right-wing extremism
  • Memorial pedagogy
  • Culture of remembrance
  • Concentration camp memorial sites

Collections

ca. 15,000-20,000 collection pieces (CP)
including some belongings from contemporary witnesses
Rough translations of individual foreign language publications relevant to Ravensbrück
NS literature up until 1945 (588 CP)
Open access to ca. 4,100 CP
19 Newspapers/journals (current)
Individual journals (limited)

Services/Facilities

Consultations regarding the collection
preparation of the collection for specific subject oriented pedagogical project work and events at the location
Research recommendations
1 working space, copier, microfiche
DIN A 4 copies: 35 cents (half price for students and doctoral students)
DIN A 3 copies: 50 cents (half price for students and doctoral students)

Hours of Operation/Contact

Tues.-Fri. 9:00-4:30pm
appointment recommended
E-Mail: bibliothek(at)ravensbrueck.de

Tel: +49-(0)33093-608-21
Fax: +49-(0)33093-608-29 (zentral)
Internet: www.ravensbrueck.de

Regional train: RE 5 from Berlin Central Station to Fürstenberg/Havel train station
and then around a 3 km walk to the Ravensbrück Memorial Site

German-Russian Museum Karlshorst Library (since 1995)

Focuses

  • German-Soviet/Russian Relations
  • German-Soviet War 1941-1945
  • Second World War in general
  • Soviet occupation policy in Germany
  • Culture of Rememberance

Collections

  • ca. 5,000 volumes, including numerous Russian essay collections

Services/Facilities

  • Information provided by phone and email
  • Plenty of working spaces
  • Copying possible upon request

Opening Hours/ Contact
Mon.-Fri., by appointment
Andrea Kamp
Zwieseler Str. 4
10318 Berlin

E-Mail: kamp@museum-karlshorst.de
Tel.: +49 (0)30/501508-43
Fax.: +49 (0)30/501508-40
Link: www.museum-karlshorst.de

Public transport: S3 (Karlshorst), Bus 296; U5 (Tierpark), Bus 296

The German Resistance Memorial Center Library (since 1998)

Focuses

Historical research library on the resistance against the NS regime.
Further subjects and special collections:
National Socialism, Weimar Republic, World Wars
Conservative Revolution, Volkish religiousness
Legal Processing of the NS Dictatorship
Coming to terms with the past, remembrance and commemoration
right-wing extremism, anti-semitism
opposition and repression in the GDR

Collections

ca. 100,000 volumes

Services/Facilities

Individual working spaces
Copying resources available
Individual consultation and research assistance
Small group work can be arranged

Opening Hours/Contact

by appointment
Matthias Mann
Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand
Stauffenbergstraße 13-14
10785 Berlin

E-Mail: warnecke@gdw-berlin.de
Tel: 030/269950-11 or
Tel: 030/2639890-45
Fax: 030/269950-10
Internet: www.gdw-berlin.de

Bus M29 (Stop: „Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand“), Bus M48 (Stop: „Kulturforum“), U-Bahn stop: Kurfürstenstraße and U-Bahn and S-Bahn stop: Potsdamer Platz (both with a 10 min walk)

Sachsenhausen Memorial Site and Museum (public specialised library since 1993)

Focuses

  • Concentration Camp, in particular
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • National socialism in general
  • Post-war history/Soviet
  • occupation politics/Soviet Special Camp
  • Politics of remembrance/Memorial sites/
  • Memorial pedagogy

Collections

  • ca. 19,500 media items
  • ca. 69 current acadmic journals
  • Prisoners‘ belongings
  • Collection of NS Literature (ca. 2,800 Titles)

Services/Facilities

  • Help finding literature and with research
  • Consultations regarding the collection
  • Literature compilations
  • 1 copier, reader printer, 3 computer terminals
  • DIN A 4 copies: 35 cents (half price for students and doctoral students)
  • DIN A 3 copies: 50 cents (half price for students and doctoral students)
  • New acquisitions list – Link on website (upcoming)

Online-Research

Hours of Operation/Contact

Tues.-Fri. 9-4:30pm
appointment recommended
Barbara Müller
Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen, Bibliothek
Straße der Nationen 22
16515 Oranienburg

E-Mail: bibliothek@gedenkstaette-sachsenhausen.de
Tel.: +49 (0)3301/200-301
Fax.: +49 (0)3301/200-302
Internet: www.stiftung-bg.de

public transportation (from Berlin-Zentrum)
Train: S-Bahn Line S 1 (Wannsee-Oranienburg) to Oranienburg station, last station; travel time from Berlin Friedrichstraße station: 45 min., runs every 20 minutes)
Regional train: RE 5 from Berlin-Hauptbahnhof Direction: Stralsund/Rostock) to Oranienburg station travel time from Berlin-Hauptbahnhof: 25 min., runs once an hour)
Regional train RB 12 from Berlin-Lichtenberg (Direction: Templin) to Oranienburg station (travel time 25 min., runs once per hour)

Bus line 804 (hourly) Direction: Malz, take it to the Memorial Site from in front of the train station or follow the signs by foot (20 min.)

PKW/Bus:
Take the A 111 autobahn, direction: Hamburg; at the Oranienburger Kreuz on the A 10 (Berliner Ring) direction Prenzlau to the Birkenwerder exit; on the B 96 to Oranienburg and follow the signs to the Memorial Site.

Documentation Centre on NS Forced Labour Schöneweide

Focuses

  • NS Forced Labour
  • National Socialism in general
  • NS Camp System
  • Reparations
  • Handling of issues after 1945/Culture of Remembrance
  • Educational Work

Collections

  • ca. 1,500 volumes

Services/Facilities

  • Information provided by phone and email
  • Help with researching literature

Online Research

Opening Hours/Contact
by appointment
Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit Schöneweide
Britzer Str. 5
12439 Berlin

Tel.: 030/6390288-0
Fax.: 030/6390288-29
E-Mail: schoeneweide@topographie.de
Internet: www.topographie.de

S-Bahn stop: Schöneweide and 10 min. walk or take bus 160/167, stop: Britzer Straße

House of the Wannsee-Conference, Joseph Wulf Mediothek (since 1992)

Focuses

  • History of Jews in Europe
  • Persecution and Genocide
  • National Socialism in general
  • Antisemitism, Racism, Neo-Nazism
  • Comparative Genocide Research
  • Memorial Pedagogy
  • Memorial Books to the Victims
  • Handling of issues after 1945/ Culture of Remembrance

Bestände

  • ca. 70,000 volumes
  • ca. 120 German and foreign periodicals
  • Document Collection
  • Survivor Narratives
  • Audiovisual Media
  • Microfiche/Film Collection

Service/Ausstattung

  • Help with reference materials and research
  • Help with school projects
  • Consultations regarding the collection
  • Bibliography compilations
  • Usage of external databanks
  • 2 copiers, DIN A 4 Copy: 5 cents
  • Subscription to new acquisitions list (4 x per year)

Online-Recherche:

Opening Hours/Contact

Mon.-Fri. 10-6pm
Gaby Müller-Oelrichs
Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
Am Großen Wannsee 56-58
14109 Berlin

E-Mail: library@ghwk.de
Tel: 030/80500-120
Fax: 030/80500-127
Internet: www.ghwk.de

S-Bahn Line: S 1, S7 or the regional train to Wannsee train station, then take Bus 114 to the „Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz“ stop

Topography of Terror Library

Focuses

SS, Police and the Gestapo in NS
State an society in NS
Persecution and anhiliation of European Jews and other groups of victims
Second World War
Handling of issues after 1945/Culture of Remembrance
legal reprocessing of Nazi crimes

Collections
ca. 34,000 Volumes
ca. 100 national and international Periodicals
CDs/CD-ROMs
Microfiche/Film Collection as newspapers from the Nazi era databases

Services/Facilities
Access to electronic periodicals
Essays in the online library catalogue
The exisiting media are structured systematically
Help and advice for research
Visual History archive from the USC Shoa Foundation
Possible to check something out over the weekend
Individual and group working spaces
New acquisitions list on the Homepage

Online-Research
General Catalogue of Memorial Libraries: www.aggb-katalog.de
Catalogue of the Topography of Terror Foundation: www.topographie.de/opac
GBV www.topographie.de

Opening Hours/Contact
Mon.-Fri. 10-5pm
Irmela Roschmann-Steltenkamp
Topographie des Terrors
Niederkirchnerstr. 8
10963 Berlin

E-Mail: bibliothek@topographie.de
Tel: +49 (0)30/254509-23
Fax: +49 (0)30/254509-99
Internet: www.topographie.de

U+S-Bhf. Potsdamer Platz, Anhalter Bahnhof, Kochstraße