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Upcoming: Our future special exhibitions

Keeping the Memory Alive. Slave and forced labourers of the Third Reich from Poland 1939–1945 | September 14 — October 29 2017

The exhibition „Keeping Memories Alive: Slave and Forced Labourers from Poland during the Third Reich 1939–1945“ will open at the Munich Documentation Centre on 14 September. The exhibition is the result of a cooperation between the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation and the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre in Berlin-Schöneweide. The story of the inhumane system of forced labour will be told through individual fates. Reconstructed using a combination of photographs, documents and personal accounts, these biographies testify to the exploitation and suffering endured by the almost three million Polish slave and forced labourers under the Nazi regime.

A separate section of the exhibition will be devoted to the history of the preserved forced labour camp in the Munich suburb of Neuaubing. A branch of the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München will be established at this historic location over the next years.

The accompanying programme of film screenings, conversations with contemporary witnesses and discussions will be conceived and realised in cooperation with the Consulate-General of the Republic of Poland in Munich and the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation. A leaflet on the former forced labour camp at Neuaubing describing the history of the camp and the fates of forced labourers in Munich and Bavaria has been published.

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Never Again. Back Again. Still There. Right-Wing Extremism in Germany since 1945 | November 29 2017 — April 2 2018

The murders committed by the right-wing extremist terrorist cell “Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund” (National Socialist Underground) and the attacks on asylum seekers’ accommodation and on refugees themselves in recent years have increased public awareness of right-wing extremism and right-wing extremist violence. Right-wing populist parties are currently fuelling euroscepticism and xenophobia. Alleged German “patriots” are mustering to “save the Western world” and are contributing to a brutalisation of language and ideas.

The exhibition “Never Again. Yet Again. Still Active. Right-wing Extremism in Germany since 1945” documents the activities, actors, ideologies and strategies of the extreme Right since the end of the war. The main focus is on Munich and Bavaria. What elements make up this anti-democratic and inhuman ideology? What means are used to disseminate these ideas? To what extent and why do some of these elements appeal to the mainstream of society? What makes some people adopt right-wing extremist attitudes?

The exhibition is being staged in cooperation with the Fachstelle für Demokratie der Landeshauptstadt München (Munich Democracy Centre) and the Antifaschistische Informations-, Dokumentations- und Archivstelle München e. V. (a.i.d.a.) (Munich Anti-fascist Information, Documentation and Archive Centre). A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition and there will also be an extensive educational and events programme.

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The Technische Hochschule München under National Socialism | 18 May – 26 August 2018

Starting on 18 May 2018, the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München will be showing a special exhibition on the history of the Technische Hochschule München (now Technische Universität München) during the Nazi era. The exhibition will document the personnel, ideological and institutional changes that took place at that time as well as the exploitation of the college for war preparations and armaments. Other topics will be the expulsion of Jewish and politically undesirable university lecturers in the years 1933 and 1934 and the way some professors conformed with and mobilised for the Nazi regime. The focus will be on changes in teaching and research in the individual faculties and on the ideologisation and militarisation of the entire college. The de-Nazification phase and the university’s post-1945 treatment of the Nazi era at the college will be examined in an outlook section.

The exhibition is realised in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) as part of the programme to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the TUM. An extensive accompanying publication will be issued and a programme of events will be organised.

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