Barrack 13


Barrack 13 was one of the first buildings of the camp to be erected from 1943.

Between 1944 and 1945 it housed Italian military internees and civilian workers. Numerous inscriptions with names and dates bear witness to this, which can be seen in the basement of the building.

The exhibition can only be visited on guided tours and on special opening days.

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How to reach us

Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit

Britzer Straße 5 | 12439 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0)30 6390 288 0
Email: schoeneweide(at)topographie.de

Public Transportation

Opening Hours

The building and exhibition is only accessible with a free guided tour.

Admission is free.
The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.


For groups and school classes, we offer free guided tours of the permanent exhibition including a tour of Barrack 13.

Public tours in English take place every Sunday at 11 am,  in German every Saturday and Sunday 3 pm. Participation is free of charge.

Book a personal guided tour


The History of Barrack 13

After the end of the war, the Red Army used the barracks for a short period of time as a material store. In the following years various workshops moved in. Among other things, the Volkseigene Betrieb (VEB) Kühlautomat maintained a training workshop here. From 2003, the building was used to store antiques and building materials. In spite of the different subsequent uses, this barrack shows the most traces from the Nazi era compared to the others. It was therefore taken over by the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre in 2008 and carefully restored and conserved as an accommodation barrack.

In addition to the historical inscriptions in the cellar, quotations from forced laborers illustrate their everyday life situation in the camp, which was marked by narrowness, hunger, lack of hygiene and despair.