Aims and Activities

  • To honour the victims of the Nazi system
  • To establish and administer a central memorial on the site of the former KZ Wiesengrund near Vaihingen/Enz
  • To promote and widen knowledge about the cruel and inhuman Nazi system and the effects of such a system especially amongst young people
  • To carry out research work on the history of the camp
  • To publish books, leaflets, articles, videos etc. on the history of the camp and its inmates

 


 

  • To teach how to overcome prejudice, intolerance and bigotry in order to work towards the reconciliation of peoples
  • To cooperate with other similar memorials
  • To provide lectures and guided tours on the subject
  • To help teachers to prepare and carry out visits of the memorial in a suitable way
  • To establish and maintain contact with surviving former inmates and their descendants

 

 


Main activities

Producing and publishing material on the topic

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Information about many and very varying fates of inmates were carried together and presented to the public. So the third edition of the book “Das KZ vor der Haustüre” (“The Concentration Camp in front of our Frontdoor”) in which eyewitnesses report about their experiences in the camp was released on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the camp in spring 2005.

With the support of the Landesmedienzentrum Stuttgart members of the association produced a 20 – minute video about the hardly imaginable odyssey of the Dutchman Jules Schelvis from Amsterdam via Sobibor, Radom, Auschwitz and Vaihingen between 1943 and 1945. It is called “The different journey” and has already been shown in schools for years.

The second video about the experiences of Wendelgard von Neurath between August 1944 and April 1945 on the manor of their parents not far from the camp`s fence is the counterpart to the events inside the camp which are described by Jules Schelvis in the video “The different journey” and by others in their reports. The film has a look at the events from “outside”.

The media case

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A team of members of the association developed a wide variety of media referring to the concentration camp as a labour camp, later as a camp for seriously ill inmates, referring to the labour in the quarry, the liberation of the camp and the death list of Concentration Camp Vaihingen/Enz. The material should support teachers to prepare a visit of the memorial. The portable case with the information can be lent at the Kreismedienzentren Vaihingen/Enz, Ludwigsburg, Pforzheim and the Landesmedienzentrum Stuttgart. Over 50 copies of the case have been sold to nearby schools which use it in their lessons. A team of members of the association developed a wide variety of media referring to the concentration camp as a labour camp, later as a camp for seriously ill inmates, referring to the labour in the quarry, the liberation of the camp and the death list of Concentration Camp Vaihingen/Enz. The material should support teachers to prepare a visit of the memorial. The portable case with the information can be lent at the Kreismedienzentren Vaihingen/Enz, Ludwigsburg, Pforzheim and the Landesmedienzentrum Stuttgart. Over 50 copies of the case have been sold to nearby schools which use it in their lessons.