Stadthaus Remembrance Site

Permanent exhibition „The Stadthaus during National Socialism: Headquarters of terror”

The Stadthaus at the Stadthausbrücke

was from 1933 to 1943 the headquarters of national socialist terror in Hamburg. The Stadthaus Remembrance Site commemorates this time period.

Two exhibitions present the place, the various criminal operations conducted and organised there by the Hamburg police, as well as the biographies of the persecuted women and men. The memories of those who were interrogated and tortured in the town hall can be heard in the historical "Seufzergang" ("corridor of sighs"). 

The Stadthaus Remembrance Site is located in the Stadthöfe, a shopping and business district. Since 2022, it has been part of the Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres Commemorating the Victims of Nazi Crimes.

The Stadthaus in Hamburg Neustadt

The Stadthaus at the Stadthausbrücke/Neuer Wall

is a complex of buildings that housed the central offices of the Hamburg police from 1814 to July 1943. Under National Socialism, the police headquarters, the state police and criminal investigation departments responsible for Hamburg and large parts of northwest Germany were housed here. Many hundreds of employees worked at this location. From the town hall, the police organised the systematic persecution of Hamburg's resistance against National Socialism, the persecution of Jews, Sintize and Sinti, Romnja and Roma as well as numerous other people, including many forced labourers, homosexuals or people stigmatised as "professional criminals" or "asocial".

In the interrogation rooms and holding cells of the town house, the arrested women and men were brutally abused, humiliated, tortured, murdered or driven to their deaths. Police officers forced confessions with "aggravated interrogations". The officers participated in decisions about life and death by sending people to concentration camps and submitting applications for "special treatment". Preparations for the wartime deployment of North German police officers, especially in Poland and the Soviet Union, where police battalions took part in numerous mass murder actions, also took place from the town hall.

During the air raids of "Operation Gomorrha" in July 1943, the Stadthaus building complex was heavily damaged. The police authorities relocated to other buildings in Hamburg's city centre.

Permanent exhibition for the history of the construction and use of the Stadthöfe on the bridge arcades

The main exhibition

"The Stadthaus during National Socialism. A Centre of Terror" focuses on various crime complexes committed by the Hamburg police under National Socialism as well as biographies of those persecuted. The exhibition on the Brückenarkaden (bridge arcades) provides information on the history of the construction and use of the building ensemble that is now the Stadthöfe. In the "Seufzergang" (Corridor of Sighs), through which prisoners were taken from the holding cells to the interrogation rooms, an audio station allows visitors to listen to reports by former prisoners about the interrogation situation and the mistreatment they suffered in the Stadthöfe. All exhibition elements are available in German and English.

 

A visitor in the passageway across the Bleichenfleet, known as the "corridor of sighs" by former prisones

Address

Stadthausbrücke 6
D-20355 Hamburg

The Stadthaus history site is currently being renovated. During the renovation phase, it is possible to visit the permanent exhibition "The Stadthaus during National Socialism. A Centre of Terror" on the dates of the public tours of the Stadthaus and on request.

Opening hours:

Thursday, 6 October 2022, 15-19 h
Saturday, 29 October 2022, 12-16 h
Monday, 31 October 2022, 3-7 p.m.
Thursday, 10 November 2022, 15-19 h
Saturday, 26 November 2022, 12-16 h
Thursday, 8 December 2022, 15-19 h
Saturday, 17 December 2022, 12-16 h

The exhibition at the bridge arcades is open to the public at all times.

Admission is free.

The exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair, the "Seufzergang" is not.

Free tours of the former town house and the town house history site are held regularly.

Contact: Dr. Christiane Heß and Christine Eckel (Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres). Telephone: +49 (0) 40-428 131 544
E-mail: geschichtsort.stadthaus@gedenkstaetten.hamburg.de

Stigma

At the corner of Stadthausbrücke and Neuer Wall, the floor sculpture "Stigma" by missing icons is a reminder of the past terror and the long suppression of the history of the Stadthaus. Information about the artwork (in German language) can be found here.