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Opening of the Documentation and Meeting House on 10/12/2005

Ministerpräsident Beck and Premierminister Junker at the memorial of Wercollier

After the brief planning and construction period of two years, the documentation and meeting house was completed in December 2005. The construction is also being completed in concurrence with the friends of the former deportees of the concentration camp at Hinzert in Luxembourg and France. The ”Amicale des Anciens de Hinzert Luxembourg“, the French association of the deported and detained resistance fighters and patriots FNDIRP in France, the Federal Archive in Berlin, the State Archive in Rhineland-Palatinate, the Archive of the French occupying forces in Germany with headquarters in Colmar, the museums of the resistance in Besançon and Esch-sur-Alzette, many other institutions and the scientific professional advisory board under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Benz from the Technical University of Berlin support the Federal State Central Authority for Political Education in preparing the permanent exhibition. The administrative district of Trier-Saarburg, the municipality of Hermeskeil and the local community of Hinzert-Pölert were involved with the preparations for the building of the house. Next to the large exhibition room, which can also be used for events, there is a seminar and conference room in which workshops for up to 35 persons can take place.
There is also an office from the Federal State Central Authority for Political Education within the building. The house is suitable for school classes and youth and adult groups from Germany and other countries for the purpose of dealing more closely with the history of the concentration camp.