METROPOLIS

SUN 24.04.

03:30 P.M.

GUESTS: MARKUS FIEDLER AND TEAM

Q&A: GERMAN

Lagerhaus G

Markus Fiedler, D 2022, 102 min, German OV

The Kleine Grasbrook is located between Hamburg’s Hafencity and the Veddel. This is where the old port area and big plans from the city and investors meet. Right in the middle: the warehouse G on the Dessauer Ufer. The warehouse was built in 1903, and here Reemtsma once stored tobacco while during World War II it was a satellite camp of Neuengamme concentration camp, housing Italian military internees and Jewish women for forced labor in the port. The personal contact with the long-standing owner of the warehouse is the starting point for the filmmaker to search for traces of the history and present of the warehouse. Contemporary witnesses and historians take a look at the invisible history of forced labor in the port. The publicist and patron Jan Philipp Reemtsma and the activities of the “Initiative Dessauer Ufer” reflect on the question of whether – and if so how – dignified commemoration is possible in an area subject to such large scale planning. Soon it becomes clear how far-reaching the urban political and social dimensions are. (sp)