Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

In today's Memorial and Educational Site, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the SS, the NSDAP and various Reich ministries discuss their cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of the European Jews on January 20, 1942. In addition to its exhibitions, the Memorial and Educational Center offers a wide range of educational programs to learn about the history of the persecution and murder of European Jews, the history of National Socialism, its prehistory and its consequences. 

PERMANENT EXHIBITION
Through the prism of the meeting at Wannsee, our exhibition presents the history of exclusion, definition and classification that culminated in the systematic deportations and genocide.
It shows the criminal prosecution of the participants and how society reflects on the actions taken during the Nazi era. It explains what antisemitism is, how it developed before the genocide and to what degree it still exists today. It describes the experiences of Jews from different European countries. The history presented in the exhibition is important today when we negotiate how we want to shape our society. For this reason, we want as many people as possible to be able to visit and understand the exhibition: People who, as part of this society, shape the present or who through their professions bear political responsibility. This is why our exhibition is presented in the »Design for All« style.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS
We offer groups different kinds of programs to guide them during their visit. Our tours and seminars are aimed at teenagers and adults. We have designed job-related seminars for adults.
They can focus on the role that their profession played in everyday life under National Socialism, on its participation in the persecution policies and on how this is relevant to today.
At this historic site, pupils can address the persecution and murder of European Jews, the history of National Socialism, the events that led up to this history and its aftermath.
We offer our seminars free of charge to school groups, apprentices and students. The participants should be involved in choosing the topic and their interests should be given priority.
We would be pleased to speak with you directly concerning the organisation and preparation of our seminars and about the possibility of including specific thematic aspects.

JOSEPH WULF LIBRARY
Our library collects books, magazines, film and audio recordings on topics related to the Memorial and Educational Site. Seminar groups and individual visitors have access to more than 75,000 media items. In addition to current research literature, the library contains historical sources, survivor reports, memorial books, regional history studies and pedagogical materials in different languages and forms (print, electronic, film).
Information is available through our online catalogue:
• www.ghkw-bibliothekskatalog.de  
• film.ghwk-bibliothekskatalog.de (for documentaries, movies, interviews with eyewitnesses, audio recordings)

Hours:
Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, an appointment is not necessary.
library@ghwk.de (030) 80 50 01 20
Books may be taken out over the weekend. Films can be watched at the library, but due to copyright issues cannot be borrowed or copied. Individual and group workspaces with Wi-Fi, copy machines and scanners are available.

Certified in the period

December 2020 - November 2023

Accessibility certified People with walking disabilities People with hearing impairments Deaf people People with visual impairments Blind people

Barrier-free information

Short Report as PDF

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified - accessible for people with walking disabilities and partially accessible for wheelchair users".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.    

  • There is a bus stop (name: bus stop "Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz") of the local transport in 50 m. 
  • There is no company parking available. Parking spaces for coaches and cars are sufficient and available free of charge in front of the house/entrance.
  • The area is  is steplessly accessible.
  • The main house is steplessly accessible via a ramp. 
  •  The ramp has a maximum gradient of 6 %, is 130 cm wide and a total length of 160 cm.
  • All rooms and facilities that can be used and raised for the guest are accessible steplessly or via an elevator. Door thresholds are max. 1 cm high.
  • The elevator cabin measures 125 cm x 145 cm. The elevator door is 79 cm wide. There is no horizontal control panel.
  • All evaluated passageways/doors available to the guests are at least 82 cm wide. 
  • The cash counter is 80 cm high at the lowest point. 
  • Marlier villa garden: The main paths in the upper garden area are at least 150 cm wide and are low-vibration and easy to walk and drive on. There are longitudinal gradients of max. 5 % on 10 m.  The lower garden area by the water is only accessible via several steps or a very steep, slippery path (longitudinal gradient of more than 25%).  
  •  There are no wheelchair accessible tables available in the cafeteria (outbuilding).

Exhibition area

  • The designed tour leads through passages of max. 76 cm, but an alternative tour with a minimum width of 88 cm is possible. 
  • Almost all manoeuvring spaces in front of the exhibits are at least 150 cm x 150 cm.
  • The exhibits are mainly visible, perceptible, operable or recognizable while seated. 
  • The information on the exhibits is mainly readable when seated.
  • The following aids are offered: wheelchair 
  • The following technical possibilities of information transfer are available: Audio guides, apps, tablets.
  • Guided tours are offered for people with walking disabilities and wheelchair users. It is necessary to book the tour in advance. 
  • The entire route of the guided tour is steplessly variable for wheelchair users. 
  • Mobile or fixed seats are available for people with walking disabilities, which may be used during the guided tour 

Public toilet in the main building

  • The door is at least 82 cm wide.
  • The manoeuvring spaces are as follows:
    in front of the washbasin 150 cm x 120 cm;
    in front of the toilet 150 cm x 90 cm;
    to the right of the toilet 100 cm x 70 cm,
    no manoeuvring space on the left. 
  • There are grab rails available on the left and right of the WC.
  • The grab rails can be flipped-up.
  • The sink has limited access. 
  • The mirror can be seen while sitting or standing.
  • An alarm trigger is not available. 
  • There are additional toilets (no grab handles, small movement areas, doors partly under 70 cm etc.) in the basement, on the 1st floor as well as in the cafeteria and outside.

Evaluation report: Download as PDF

 All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified - partially accessible for people with hearing impairment and partially accessible for deaf people".

 Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.    

  • There is a bus stop (name: bus stop "Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz") of the local transport in 50 m. 
  •  There is a company car park available (reservation and registration required). Parking spaces for coaches and cars are sufficient and available free of charge in front of the house/entrance.
  • There is  no audio induction loop system  at the cash desk or at the information counter. 
  • There is no clearly visible alarm (e.g. fire alarm). 
  • An outgoing emergency call in the elevator is confirmed acoustically, e.g. by an intercom system, but not optically.
  • The exhibition features induction receivers (VIA single-handed induction receivers from molitor), which are suitable for interference-free audio transmission for hearing aids with T-coil. In addition, headphones with induction loops can be rented for media tours on site. .
  • There is a short introduction video to DGS at the beginning of the exhibition and three subtitled video monitor
  • Multimedia guides in German Sign Language (DGS) are available. 
  • An app offers highlight tours in German Sign Language (DGS) as well as for people with hearing hearing impairment .
  • Guided tours for people with hearing impairment and deaf people (in German sign language) are offered on request. A reservation in advance is necessary, 
  • Guided tours with FM systems are available for people with hearing impairment  (e.g. headphones, neck ring loops). 
  • The house has for its educational offers additionally a FM system (Phonak Roger SoundField complete solution with four Phonak Roger MyLink radio receivers). 
  • In the cafeteria (outbuilding) there are tables with bright and glare-free lighting, on which there are no lamps standing or hanging that interfere with the field of vision or eye contact. 
  • There are public toilets on the first floor, basement, 1st floor as well as in the cafeteria and outside. 
  • Es sind öffentliche WCs im Erdgeschoss, im Untergeschoss, im 1. Obergeschoss sowie in der Cafeteria und im Außenbereich vorhanden.  

Evaluation report: Download as PDF

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility certified - partially accessible for people with visual impairments and partially accessible for blind people". 

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.    

  • There is a bus stop (name: bus stop "Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz") of the local transport in 50 m. 
  • There is a company car park available (reservation and registration required). Parking spaces for coaches and cars are sufficient and available free of charge in front of the house/entrance. 
  • Assistance dogs (guide dogs, guide dogs for the blind etc.) may be brought into all relevant areas/rooms of the company/offer. 
  • There is a touch model at the entrance area. 
  • The main paths in the Marlier Villa Garden are usually at least 150 cm wide. External paths usually have visually contrasting and tactilely detectable sidewalk boundaries. 
  • The path outside to the exhibition area is at least 200 cm wide and 50 m long. 
  • All evaluated and usable areas for the guest are well illuminated, i.e. bright and glare-free.  
  • Steps are not always visually contrasting. There are stairs without handrail. An elevator can be used instead of stairs.
  • An outgoing emergency call in the elevator is confirmed acoustically, e.g. by an intercom system. The stop position is not announced by speech. The operating elements are visually contrasted and tactile.

Exhibition area

  • There is an uninterrupted guidance system with floor indicators available. 
  • There is a visual contrast between the exhibits and their surroundings. 
  • The exhibits are generally well illuminated.
  • The exhibit signage is visually contrasted. 
  • The signage is designed in easily readable font.
  • Information for orientation (room plans and tactile models) can be acquired tactilely (Braille, prismatic writing).
  • There are obstacles, e.g. objects protruding into the room (a passageway with a maximum height of 196 cm).
  • The guided tours in the Mediaguide use beacon technology for automatic triggering of contributions and contain extensive audio descriptions. 
  • In addition, visually impaired people have the possibility to invert and enlarge the contents of many monitors. 
  • There are public toilets on the first floor, basement, 1st floor as well as in the cafeteria and outside.  

Evaluation report: Download as PDF

 Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report.  

  • There is a bus stop (name: bus stop "Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz") of the local transport in 50 m. 
  • There is a company car park available (reservation and registration required). Parking spaces for coaches and cars are sufficient and available free of charge in front of the house/entrance. 
  • The name of the facility is clearly recognizable from the outside. 
  • The media guide provides central content in easy language in a highlight tour.
  • Guided tours for people with cognitive impairments are offered on request. A reservation in advance is necessary. 
  • There are public toilets on the first floor, basement, 1st floor as well as in the cafeteria and outside.    

Evaluation report: Download as PDF