The European Summer University has been held at the Ravensbrück memorial site for many years. Daimler has supported the annual seminars since 2009.
The public image of "camps" is heavily influenced by the Nazis' concentration camps. Recent research has been directed at putting concentration camps in a political and social context as well as viewing them from the perspective of world history. This is what it says in the brochure for the 11th European Summer University at Ravensbrück. The topic: "Camps in the 20th century – as places of exclusion, extreme social and political control and violence". The seminars focused on the various functions of internment such as repression, forced labor, reeducation or forced resettlement.
International researchers met students and other interested people to discuss these and other issues in the summer of 2016. The European Summer University is aimed at an interdisciplinary group of students, researchers, multipliers connected to memorials and schools, and the interested public. A research exchange was also held for junior researchers working on a project dealing with the topic of this year's European Summer University at Ravensbrück or the history of the former women's concentration camp at Ravensbrück.
In 1938/39 the SS built a concentration camp for women in the village of Ravensbrück near Fürstenberg/Havel.. The Ravensbrück concentration camp was a complex consisting of several camps in the immediate vicinity (including Uckermark, a forced labor camp for arms manufacturing companies). The camp was liberated by the Red Army in April 1945. A total of 132,000 women and children, 20,000 men and 1,000 female youths from 40 different nations and ethnic groups were interned at Ravensbrück and Uckermark. Between 1945 and 1993 it served as a barracks for the Soviet military in Germany. The Ravensbrück memorial site opened in 1959, and was later expanded multiple times.