The anthem of Neuengamme owes its creation to a song competition that had over 30 entries. This competition took place in spring 1942 under the supervision of the most senior camp prisoner and with the knowledge of the camp leadership. The song 'Konzentrationäre' (Of Concentration Camps) was chosen. It is also known as the 'Neuengammer Lagerlied' (Neuengamme Camp Song), with slight variations from the original. These changes can be traced in part to the distortion that would have been caused through the song’s transmission amongst prisoners. Yet this also proves the active use of the song in the camp’s everyday life, as well as its popularity.