Bad Hersfeld (plaque)

Historical background

The plaque was unveiled on the 55th anniversary of the deportation of hundreds of Gypsies from Bad Hersfeld and the surrounding district to the Auschwitz death camp.


Description of commemoration

The plaque is located on the side wall of the historical town hall in Bad Hersfeld, from Weinstraße. The place where it was embedded is characteristic, because it is shaded by a huge wisteria, climbing several meters up the building.

The plaque is made of bronze and tarnished. Its appearance is quite typical – capital letters, serif font, smooth background, narrow frame equaling the height of letters protruding above the surface of the background. Inscription in German



In German:

Zum Gedenken an über 100 Sinti, die / in Bad Hersfeld und Umgebung beheimatet / waren und fast alle am 23. März 1943 / in das Vernichtungslager Auschwitz / deportiert wurden. // Nur wenige überlebten das Grauen. // Insgesamt fielen dem Völkermord über / 500.000 Sinti und Roma zum Opfer. // Kreisstadt Bad Hersfeld // Landkreis Hersfeld-Rotenburg — im März 1998


In memory of over 100 Sinti, residents of Bad Hersfeld and the surrounding area, deported to the Auschwitz death camp on March 23, 1943. Few of them survived this nightmare. In total, more than 500,000 Sinti and Roma were victims of genocide. The Town of Bad Hersfeld. Hersfeld-Rotenburg District – in March 1998.


Date of the unveiling

March 22, 1998



Verband Deutscher Sinti und Roma Landesverband Hessen e.V.



Weinstraße 16, 36251 Bad Hersfeld, Germany



50°52’06.0″N 9°42’27.1″E

50.868330, 9.707537

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