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Departure Neuaubing – European Histories of Forced Labor

In the course of 2021, the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism will develop an interactive and interdisciplinary web app for a digital history project entitled “Departure Neuaubing – European Histories of Forced Labor.” The app will invite users to discover the history of Nazi forced labor as a story with connections all over Europe.

Digital media offer an opportunity to bridge distances and to highlight transnational and transhistorical connections. The history of Nazi forced labor is a history of displacement of people from all over Europe. The Nazi forced labor camp in Munich-Neuaubing is a case in point. As a center of the Nazi arms industry (where the Dornier works and the German National Railroad were located), it employed forced laborers from the territories of the Soviet Union, from Poland, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and many other countries.

Taking this historical context as its starting point, the digital project focuses on the European connections that continue to exist even now and examines questions of forced migration and exploitation. “Departure Neuaubing” also asks what happened to forced laborers after they returned home and how these experiences were treated in post-war Europe. It also traces continuities of Nazi tyranny reaching into the present.

In cooperation with Mediale Pfade, the game developer Jörg Friedrich, and the artists Sima Dehgani, Leon Kahane & Fabian Bechtle, Hadas Tapouchi, Barbara Yelin, and Franz Wanner, we will develop a variety of interdisciplinary projects devoted to the topics of labor, migration, exploitation, and memory. Departure Neuaubing offers artistic, scholarly, and playful approaches to the history of forced labor and looks at it in the context of living and working conditions today. 

The project will go online at the end of 2021 – Stay tuned!

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“Departure Neuaubing” is developed as part of "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.

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