The restructured Authority for Culture, Sports and Media (Behörde für Kultur, Sport und Medien) under the direction of the Senator for Culture, Sports and Media Professor Karin von Welck, is responsible for mainly three subjects: art and culture, sports promotion and Hamburg as a media centre. This includes dealing with the creative industry, tourism and marketing just as well as with the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, preservation order and the Public Record Office.
Following the 2007 colloquium “The place of remembrance Lohseplatz in the HafenCity” (Der Erinnerungsort Lohseplatz in der HafenCity), the Authority for Culture, Sports and Media together with the Hamburg Authority for Urban Development and Environment and the HafenCity Hamburg GmbH invited to the studio-talk “The past railway station Hannoverscher Bahnhof – A memorial site in the HafenCity”. Again, the discussion was focused on the development of a memorial site near the former railway station. In between the years 1940 and 1945 at least 7,652 Jews, Sinti and Roma had been deported from there by twenty evidenced railway transports to different ghettos, concentration and extermination camps.
The studio-talk presented the findings of a steering committee which was founded subsequently to the Colloquium. The steering committee had developed specific conditions for a public offer of an open space planning competition dealing with the area around the future Lohsepark. On the subject spoke: The Senator for Culture, Sports and Media, Professor Karin von Welck, Constanze Petrow, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Professor Dr Stefanie Endlich, Berlin University of the Arts as well as Dr Detlef Garbe, Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.
At the following panel discussion representatives of different concerned and advocacy groups and delegates of the involved Hamburg authorities discussed the controversy topic. Amongst others, Esther Béjarano, Auschwitz-Committee Germany, Ruben Herzberg, Chairman of the Jewish Community in Hamburg and Professor Jörn Walter, chief building director, Free and Hanseatic City Hamburg shared their views.
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