The exhibition is located in the former gatehouse

The Fuhlsbüttel Concentration Camp and Prisons Memorial

is a memorial site of the Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres Commemorating the Victims of Nazi Crimes. The exhibition focuses on the theme of ‘resistance’ and features the history of the concentration camp and the fate of its prisoners. It is located in a gatehouse, the former entrance building of the correctional facilities that are still in operation today.


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Events (in german)

  • Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • 10:00–13:00
  • Literarischer Spaziergang

Treffpunkt: U- und S-Bahnhof Ohlsdorf, Ausgang Fuhlsbüttler Straße

Hamburger Künstlerinnen und Künstler im Nationalsozialismus

Der literarische Spaziergang über den Ohlsdorfer Friedhof führt zu Gräbern Hamburger Künstlerinnen und Künstler, die im Nationalsozialismus lebten. Deren Situation in den Jahren 1933 bis 1945 wird… More information

  • Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • 11:00–13:00
  • Führung und Gespräch

Gedenkstätte Fuhlsbüttel, Suhrenkamp 98, 22335 Hamburg

Führung und Gespräch in der Gedenkstätte Fuhlsbüttel

mit Ehrenamtlichen der Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes (VVN-BdA) und des Arbeitskreises ehemals verfolgter und inhaftierter Sozialdemokraten (AvS) jeden Sonntag um 11.00 und 12.00 Uhr.… More information

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Fuhlsbüttel prison, ca. 1931

Only a few weeks after the Nazis came to power

, the Hamburg State Police (Gestapo) began imprisoning communist and social democratic opponents of the regime in the Fuhlsbüttel penal institutions. On September 4, 1933, the Fuhlsbüttel Concentration Camp was opened in the prison buildings. SS and SA members were responsible for managing and guarding the camp. The Fuhlsbüttel Concentration Camp, also known as "Kola-Fu," quickly became synonymous with horror, suffering, and death.

From 1936 and onward, the Fuhlsbüttel Concentration Camp continued to operate as a prison. From October 1944 to February 1945, the SS used part of the building as a satellite camp of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp. Almost all of the arrested Hamburg resistance fighters were sent to the "Kola-Fu," as well as Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, people who were dissatisfied with the regime, swing youths, and people whom the Nazis persecuted as "asocials" and "professional criminals.” During the war, many foreign resistance fighters and forced laborers were also imprisoned in the "Kola-Fu." By the time of liberation in May 1945, over 200 men and women had died there - from mistreatment, or they were murdered or killed themselves out of desperation.

The Exhibition at Fuhlsbüttel Memorial

The Fuhlsbüttel Concentration Camp and Penal Facility 1933–1945 Memorial

was established in 1987 and is located in the former gatehouse entrance of the prison, which is still in operation today. On a memorial plaque at the entrance, visitors can read the names of the prisoners killed in the KolaFu prison and satellite camp. The exhibition provides information about the concentration camp and tells stories of its prisoners and their resistance. Visitors can also view original objects and a reconstructed solitary confinement cell. 

Suhrenkamp 98
22335 Hamburg

Opening Hours:
Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
tours available on request. 

Admission is free.

Book a group tour:
Museumsdienst Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 4281310