Some Important Dates in the History of the Max Mannheimer Study Center

Around 1980

Between 700,000 and 900,000 persons visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site annually. Around half of them are youths. There is practically no overnight accommodation suitable for young people who wish to stay longer in Dachau.

Around 1980

The idea is born to establish an “International Youth Guesthouse Dachau” based on the model of the one in Auschwitz/ Oświęcim.


An initiative group is founded, the “International Youth Guesthouse Dachau”; three years later an association is formed, the “Förderverein Internationale Jugendbegegnungsstätte Dachau e.V.”.

Beginning in 1983

As a forerunner to the building of facilities, an “International Youth Tent Camp” is held annually in Dachau.


The association and the Bavarian Youth Council formulate various concepts for an international youth guesthouse in Dachau and present these to the public. The proposals provoke lively discussions and heated debate, above all in Dachau.


The Dachau City Council rejects the plans for such a center.


The Bavarian Ministry for Culture and Education presents a new concept.


The Bavarian state parliament votes in favor of the building of a youth guesthouse on the basis of the concept presented by the Ministry.


A foundation – the “Stiftung Jugendgästehaus Dachau” – is founded by the Free State of Bavaria, the City of Dachau, and Dachau County.


An architects’ competition is held


Laying of the foundation stone


Official opening of the Youth Guesthouse on May 4


The education section is renamed the “Max Mannheimer Study Center” on July 29


Following the death of Max Mannheimer on September 23, the foundation board decides to rename the whole center and guest facilities into the “Max Mannheimer House – Study Center and International Youth Guesthouse

Präambel der Satzung der „Stiftung Jugendgästehaus Dachau“ (German)