Walking Tour of Tempelhof Field: 0. Overview
Today, Tempelhof Field (Tempelhofer Feld) is a place to rest, relax and play. There is very little left to remind us of the history which took place on these grounds between 1933 and 1945. This two-hour long walking tour will guide you to the historic locations of the field that are relevant to Germany’s National Socialist (Nazi) past. Information will be provided about the former Columbia House Concentration Camp (Konzentrationslager Columbia Haus), the forced laborers (Zwangsarbeiter) exploited for munitions production, and the forced laborers employed by the Protestant Church. You will also be provided with information concerning public awareness of this history in Germany today.
The tour begins at the Columbia House Concentration Camp Memorial (Bus Line 107: Golßener Straße Stop) and will continue across the grounds of Tempelhof Airport (Flughafen Tempelhof) until you reach the St. Thomas Cemetery (Friedhof), located at the Hermannstrasse subway station. A short text will be provided for the main sites of the tour, and three additional “On the Go” texts will provide you with historical background information about the airport and airport grounds.