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The French Amicale Visited the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

The group of the French Amicale at the statue "The Dying Prisoner" by Françoise Salmon at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

On October 28, 2023, a group from the French Amicale visited the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial as part of their memorial tour ("pèlerinage").

The delegation was accompanied by Jean-Michel Clère, President of the Amicale de Neuengamme et de ses Kommandos, and Barbara Brix, one of the Friends of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. Around 40 people took part in the pèlerinage, including many relatives of former concentration camp prisoners. Before arriving in Neuengamme, the group visited memorial sites at various former subcamps in Hanover, Fallersleben-Laagberg, Wöbbelin and Kaltenkirchen, as well as the Gardelegen memorial site and the Cap Arcona memorial sites at the Klütz Cemetery and Poel Island Cemetery.

In Hamburg-Neuengamme, the delegation held a memorial ceremony at the international memorial and laid flowers at individual memorial stones and in the House of Remembrance. This was followed by a welcome and address in the memorial's study center by the memorial's director Oliver von Wrochem. After guided tours of the site, the pèlerinage concluded with a ceremony and wreath-laying ceremony at the former site of the crematorium.

Relatives at the memorial stone at the former crematorium of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp