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Eyewitnesses of the Scholtenhuis

Time period: 1943-1945



Realisation project:



Time frame: 1943-1945
Location: Groningen
Number of interviews: 10


Thematic collection: Erfgoed van de Oorlog








For many inhabitants of the city of Groningen, the Scholtenhuis was a notorious building during the war. The building on the east side of the Grote Markt served as the headquarters of the Sicherheitsdienst, the German intelligence service. Hermann Conring, the representative of the Reich Commissioner Seyss-Inquart in the north of the Netherlands, also had his seat here. In addition, the building was a prison, where countless (resistance) people were interrogated, tortured and deported to be killed.


On 15 April 1945, one day before the liberation of Groningen, the Scholtenhuis burned to the ground.

Ten people who had to deal with the Scholtenhuis, for example as a prisoner, family member of a prisoner, supplier or typist, have told their story. From different perspectives, their testimonies shed new light on the functioning of the building.

Het Scholtenhuis direct na de bevrijding. (Foto: Haijer en Mees / Groninger Archieven)