Welcome to Villa Merländer

The home of the NS-Dokumentationsstelle der Stadt Krefeld and the Förderverein Villa Merländer e.V.

Since 1991, the Villa Merländer has been the official Nazi documentation center for the city of Krefeld. Here, the Nazi past of the city is not only traced, researched and written down, but also made traceable in a special way. It is a collection point for information about Jewish history, the Holocaust in Krefeld, all victims of National Socialist persecution and at the same time an event space and educational center for pupils, students and interested parties from Krefeld and the surrounding area. The Villa Merländer is also a point of contact for people from Krefeld who are searching for their own history. Since its foundation, the Villa Merländer e.V. support association has been an indispensable pillar for the documentation center. The association helps with events, provides substantial financial support for educational work and plays a key role in implementing the well-known Stumbling Stones for Krefeld project.

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What is Villa Merländer?
And for whom is it there?

As the NS documentation center of the city of Krefeld and home of the Villa Merländer Association, the Villa Merländer has different tasks and equally diverse target groups. In a little less than 12 minutes, you will learn more about the history, tasks, target groups and the importance of the Villa Merländer's function here in pictures and sound, and at the same time get to know some of the people who work here. Have fun!

The house of the silk manufacturer Richard Merländer

Villa Merländer not only collects Krefeld's Jewish history, but is also based in a house steeped in history: Richard Merländer was a silk manufacturer and silk wholesaler in Krefeld. He was persecuted, disenfranchised and murdered by the National Socialists for being Jewish. Today, the villa is home to the NS Documentation Center of the City of Krefeld. 

NS documentation site in Krefeld

Educational work at the NS Documentation Center in Krefeld

As a Nazi documentation center in Krefeld, the Villa Merländer is a point of contact for school classes, students and interested citizens from the surrounding area. Our permanent exhibition offers the opportunity to learn about the history of National Socialism in Krefeld, shows tragic family stories in the Holocaust and provides information about the persecution of the Jews. We offer various guided tours and workshops for schoolchildren and students. We cooperate with various Krefeld schools and are also a point of contact for educational work with adults. Thanks to the support of the Förderverein , we are able to hire a freelance team to help us with our important work in schools and thus create additional capacity for educational work.

The murals of the painter Heinrich Campendonk in the Villa Merländer

Two large wall paintings by the painter Heinrich Campendonk in the Villa Merländer were rediscovered under old wallpaper in the villa in 1989. They were uncovered and restored and have been on display here ever since. The two paintings are the last remaining Campendonk works in the house, commissioned by Richard Merländer. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Do you have any questions about Villa Merländer, offers or dates? Do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. We will get back to you! 

Villa Merländer e.V.
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 42
47799 Krefeld