The Children of Bergen-Belsen

A photographic study of history and migration, identity and belonging, trauma and healing. A documentary project about the first generation of Jewish children who were born in the displaced persons camp Bergen-Belsen in Germany after 1945. On the occasion of the UN International Day of Holocaust Remembrance on January 27th, 2020, an excerpt of the project was shown for the first time during the group exhibition 5rooms and at the Ahlem Memorial Museum in Hanover, Germany.

The corresponding photobook The Children of Bergen-Belsen was published by Kehrer Verlag in November 2023. Discover a critique on Deutschlandfunk Kultur (in German). If you'd like to order a copy in German or English, please get directly in touch with me at mail (at)

Maria Klenner – The Children of Bergen-Belsen from Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg on Vimeo.