HERE’S WHY – The “Valentin” submarine pens, referred to as a “bunker” in German, are the remains of a German U-boat pen from World War II. In the years from 1943 to 1945, thousands of people from across Europe were forced into labor here, with more than 1,600 dying from malnutrition, disease, and arbitrary killings. The Valentin Submarine Pens Memorial is a place for learning how authoritarian regimes and dictatorships function, how racist societies discriminate against people, divide them hierarchically, and exclude them; and how crimes against humanity are made possible. This knowledge is more important today than it has been ever before.
HERE’S WHY – The commitment of individuals and civil society, including teaching staff at the University of Bremen, made a critical contribution to the creation of this memorial. Many of the memorial’s employees are (former) students of the university. The Valentin Submarine Pens Memorial is an exceptional place of learning which connects with Bremen’s educational landscape at many points.