Bavarian Memorials Foundation

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Bavarian Memorials Foundation
legal form Foundation under public law
founding January 1, 2003
founder Free State of Bavaria
Seat Munich
purpose Coming to terms with National Socialism , maintaining memorial sites
Chair Karl Freller

The Bavarian Memorials Foundation is a public law foundation based in Munich . It was established by the Free State of Bavaria on January 1, 2003. The foundation is responsible for the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial and the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial , which are among the memorials of national and international importance in Germany , as well as other memorials in the Free State.

Foundation purpose

"The purpose of the foundation is to preserve and design the memorials as witnesses to the crimes of National Socialism, as places of remembrance of the sufferings of the victims and as places of learning for future generations, to support the historical research related to them and to contribute to the knowledge of historical events is kept alive in people's consciousness and passed on. "

- Art. 2 para. 1 law on the establishment of the "Bavarian Memorials Foundation" (Memorial Foundation Act - GedStG) of December 24, 2002 (Free State of Bavaria)


image Surname opening city visitors per year
Dachau concentration camp memorial Dachau concentration camp memorial 1965 Dachau -
Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial 2007 Flossenbürg -


The Board of Trustees is chaired by the Bavarian Minister of Culture. The committee also includes other representatives from the Bavarian State Government (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Science), the Bavarian State Parliament, the Federal Republic of Germany, the communities of Dachau and Flossenbürg , the Protestant and Catholic Church and the Israelite religious communities in Bavaria, as well as three former prisoners (including one for the Comité International de Dachau ).

A board of trustees with an advisory function includes other social groups, such as the Bavarian Youth Association, the Association of Sinti and Roma in Bavaria and the Bavarian DGB . There is also an international scientific advisory board that includes seven historians and history educators to provide advice on content.

If donations and other income (e.g. from the parking fees at the bus parking lot of the memorials) are not sufficient, separate budget funds are to be decided on for construction and redesign measures.

Since 2013 the foundation has also been responsible for the Bavarian concentration camp cemeteries .


By establishing the foundation and transferring the two concentration camp memorials from the Free State to the foundation, social groups should be more closely involved in the work of remembrance.

In 2007, the deputy chairman of the CSU parliamentary group in the Bavarian state parliament, Karl Freller, was elected as the foundation director .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung: Dachau is to become a European place of learning. Accessed January 30, 2020 .
  2. Law on the establishment of the "Bavarian Memorials Foundation" (Memorial Foundation Act - GedStG) of December 24, 2002 (Free State of Bavaria)
  3. Concentration camp cemeteries in Bavaria Homepage of the Bavarian Memorials Foundation (as of September 2015)
  4. idowa, Straubing Germany: Bavaria: renovating memorials to Nazi crimes and expand - idowa. Accessed January 30, 2020 .