Buchenwald Little Camp Memorial

The Commission was the U.S. sponsor of a memorial to the victims of the "Little Camp" at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany. Member Warren Miller conceived of the memorial, raised much of the funding, and helped design the memorial. He also drafted the it's inscription. The Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation was the German sponsor of the project.


The memorial was dedicated April 14, 2002, the 57th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald. More than 1,000 people attended, including survivors from 24 countries, diplomats, and German officials. The opening culminated a seven-year effort by Miller. 

A month earlier, on March 13, 2002, the memorial was commemorated during an event at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Over 400 distinguished guests, including senior members of the Bush Administration, Members of Congress, the ambassadors of most countries in Europe, survivors, and liberators of the camp attended. 

The memorial exposes the horrors that the inmates endured and provides a peaceful setting for reflection. The Little Camp was the part of Buchenwald in which the young Elie Wiesel, later a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was incarcerated. Wiesel sent a poignant letter for the dedication of the memorial.

The memorial was designed by New York architect Stephen Jacobs, who was liberated from the camp at the age of five. Miller recruited Jacobs for the work and Jacobs donated his services. The design won the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Honor.


News Reports

The Jewish Journal, Jun. 24, 2009

Little Camp Memorial Dedicated at Buchenwald, GWU Magazine, Fall 2002

The Little Camp at Buchenwald Memorial "Corrects an Injustice", says Elie Wiesel, Apr. 13, 2002

Memorial Designed, by Holocaust Survivor, Unveiled at Former Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Associated Press, Apr. 14, 2002


The Worst of One of the Worst Concentration Camps - the Little Camp at Buchenwald - Is No Longer a Memory Buried, Feb. 13, 2002