Distel first studied library sciences at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . During her training at the university, between 1964 and 1967, she played a key role in building the Dachau concentration camp memorial , in particular the archive and the library. After a two-year stay in the United States, she took over the management in 1975. In this function, she developed the memorial into a place of intellectual debate and made a lasting contribution to the scientific analysis of the Nazi repressive apparatus.
- 1992: Geschwister-Scholl-Prize
- 2000: Honorary doctorate from TU Berlin
- 2008: Federal Cross of Merit (1st class)
- 2015: Culture Prize of the Bavarian State Foundation
- Women. Persecution and resistance . In: With Wolfgang Benz (Ed.): Dachauer Hefte . Issue 3. dtv, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-423-04608-2 .
- Labor education camps, transit camps, ghettos, police detention camps, special camps, gypsy camps, forced labor camps . In: With Wolfgang Benz (ed.): The place of terror . History of the National Socialist Concentration Camps . 1st edition. tape 9 . CH Beck, 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-57238-8 .
- With Wolfgang Benz and Angelika Königseder (eds.): National Socialist Compulsory Camp . Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-86331-065-3 .
- Literature by and about Barbara Distel in the catalog of the German National Library
- Head of the Dachau memorial welcomes the opening of the Arolsen archive. In: Deutschlandradio Kultur , May 17, 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2009 .
- Helmut Zeller, Robert Probst: Concentration Camp Memorials. "In five years we'll be broke". In: SZ , May 29, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2015 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German curator and publicist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1943|