Hamburg-Sasel Satellite Concentration CampBetween September 1944 and May 1945 a satellite camp of Neuengamme Concentration Camp existed in Hamburg-Sasel. 500 women, the majority being Jewish women from the Lodz Ghetto (Poland), but a number being political persecutees and Sinti, were brought from Auschwitz Concentration Camp to Sasel and were employed clearing bomb damage in the inner city and in constructing a prefabricated housing settlement in Hamburg-Poppenbüttel. The weakened and starving women were pressed to hard labour under the most difficult of conditions. Numerous women died through abuse, debilitation and illness. On 7. April 1945 the women were transported to Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Following this in mid April 1944 women from the satellite camps of Hamburg-Langenhorn and Helmstedt-Beendorf were brought into the Sasel camp.
Poppenbüttel Plattenhaus Memorial
In 1985 the Memorial and Meeting Centre with its permanent exhibition of the Satellite
Concentration Camp Sasel was opened in the left half of a former temporary dwelling that
was erected in 1944 from prefabricated concrete slabs that were produced in the Neuengamme
Concentration Camp brickworks.
1944 Temporary Dwelling House
The right half of the prefabricated building comprises a temporary dwelling as it would have looked in 1944. It shows the living conditions of those citizens that had been "bombed out". The former inhabitants were privileged employees of the local administration whose work affected the war. A livingroom, a bedroom and additional rooms are furnished from that time. An exhibition covering the theme of air-warfare, that includes the prefabricated houses and ordinary dwellings in Hamburg, is housed in a third room.