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The collections of the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial comprise some 4,500 objects. The majority are personal belongings of inmates and objects used on a daily basis in the context of forced labour—for example tools or fragments of equipment.


Funds are available for the purchase of collection items. If you have any inquiries, please get in touch with our contact persons.

The collection manager Torsten Heß is standing in an aisle between shelves filled with collection objects. He is wearing a white lab coat and glasses. He is facing the shelf on the left and takes something out.


The museum collections are classified historically in four groups:

  • Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp, forced labour under National Socialism / in the armaments industry (in particular in the Mittelwerk factory) (1943–1945)
  • DP Camp Dora and post-war period (1945–1947)
  • Dora-Mittelbau Memorial of the German Democratic Republic (1947–1989)
  • History of the memorial after 1989
The head of the collection of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp memorial Torsten Heß, presents a few dog tags from the collection. He wears white gloves and a lab coat.

Gifts and estate bequests from concentration camp survivors who have donated their personal mementoes to the memorial for permanent safekeeping make up an especially valuable part of the collection.

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