Ostertorwache memorial site
This memorial site documents the long history of Ostertorwache prison, where criminals such as the notorious poisoner Gesche Gottfried were confined.
Ostertorwache was opened in 1828 as a prison and flagship of a more humane penal system. For more than 150 years it served as a jail, Gestapo prison and police custody suite and finally as a deportation detention centre. The cells and cellars of this building have held men and women, infamous inmates – such as Gesche Gottfried and Marie Mindermann – and nameless ones, short-term prisoners, vagrants, prostitutes, deportees and political party officials during the Weimar Republic.
The Gestapo used it to house hundreds of political prisoners during the Third Reich, including August Hagedorn and Willy Dehnkamp, who would go on to become President of the State Parliament and President of the Senate of Bremen, respectively.
Today, the Ostertorwache memorial site explores topics such as 'imprisonment' and 'uncertainty' and is located in the rear of the former prison. A section containing five cells has been left unchanged, providing a visual reminder of the long history of this purpose-built prison. The front of the building is now home to the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus design museum.
1st Saturday in month 11am-4pm
group tours by arrangement