A concentration camp existed within the municipality of Ladelund from November 1 to December 16, 1944. The SS had 2,000 prisoners from twelve different countries dig anti-tank trenches between Humptrup and Ladelund. The trenches were intended to stop a feared Allied invasion from the north.
No-one in the village could avoid seeing the tormented and starving people who were forced to work there. Three hundred prisoners died within six weeks and were buried in the town cemetery.
The graves serve as the starting point and focus of the memorial.