At least 321 people, including 82 Luxembourgers, lost their lives in the SS-camp in Hinzert during the Second World War.
As every year, the victims of the Hinzert concentration camps were remembered on Saturday. The Amicale des Anciens de Hinzert underlines that the victims should not be forgotten and that we should learn from our mistakes.
About 40 people gathered for the commemoration at the former Hinzert concentration camp, which is located about 30 km from the Luxembourgish border. After a religious service, the names of the 82 Luxembourgers who lost their lives in the camp were read out.
It was a very emotional moment for Albert Worré, whose father was one of the 21 residents shot by SS soldiers in 1944. For him, this commemoration is particularly important.
He says it is good that this celebration is organised by the Germans, it is a certain satisfaction that the people here all have. Remembering and learning from mistakes are both important when thinking about the present, so that such terror is not repeated.
Marcel Lamy of the Amicale des Anciens de Hinzert also says that we have a duty to remember all those who suffered here, who fought in the resistance, so that we can live in freedom and security today. If we ever forget them, they will die a second time.
It was also a personal moment for Marcel Lamy, because his father had come to Hinzert in 1942, but he survived the camp. Lamy explains that his father had the luck to be one of the first in the camp. They had toserve in camp for a certain time before they were let go, but later arrivals did not get this opportunity.
Lamy's father was a postman, and together with other postmen in the Ösling he had set up a network to bring parcels to the boys who were hidden in private homes.
From 1939 to 1945, more than 13,000 men were in the so-called Hinzert 'Sonderlager'. Many of them were brought here temporarily before being moved to another concentration camp to be murdered. Among them were many Luxembourgers, French, Belgians and Dutch.