Anhalter Bahnhof

Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin was opened in 1841 and was for a while Europe’s largest railway station. During the Second World War, the station was one of three stations in Berlin which the Jews of Berlin were deported from to Eastern Europe (the other two were the Grünewald Bahnhof and the Güterbahnhof Moabit). 116 transports with a total of 9600 elderly Jews departed from Anhalter Bahnhof to Theresienstadt. The train wagons with Jews were connected to regular trains on the way to Dresden. In Dresden the wagons were disconnected and connected to locomotives for further transport to Theresienstadt. The station was heavily bombed during the Second World War.

Current status: Demolished with information board (2006).

Address: Askanischer Platz 1, 10963 Berlin.

Get there: Commuter train to Anhalter Bahnhof Station.

My comment:

There were no freight wagons used in these deportations, but ordinary passenger cars. Anything to conceal the purpose of the trip. Next to the station there is an old civilian shelter bunker from the Second World War with a small museum showing what life could be like under a bombing raid.

Follow up in books: Gilbert, Martin: The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War (1987).