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Press Release | 25 Oktober 2018

A lively place of remembrance for Neuaubing: concept approved for the former forced labour camp

On the site of the former forced labour camp in Neuaubing a lively place of remembrance is to be created by 2022 as a branch of the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München. The Documentation Centre is seeking a new approach in its educational work that will forge links between the historical significance of a place and its current cultural use. In a meeting on 24 October, a plenary session of the Munich City Council approved the concept for Neuaubing presented by the Documentation Centre.

The site at Ehrenbürgstraße 9 is the only former forced labour camp in southern Germany to have been almost entirely preserved. In two of the eight historic barracks and in parts of the grounds the long repressed Nazi crime of forced labour will be permanently commemorated. Today, the site of the former camp in western Munich is an established, socio-culturally diverse location. It is used by artists, tradesmen and two educational facilities. The development of the project will involve a lively process of exchange with the current users.
Munich Cultural Officer Dr. Hans-Georg Küppers commented, “The concept promises a timely and future-oriented experience and appraisal of this historical location and its history. I am glad that Mirjam Zadoff has enabled the project to be realised in accord with the current users.”

“In Neuaubing we would like to offer new didactic formats, which will contribute to the development of a participatory and action-oriented culture of remembrance”, said Mirjam Zadoff. “As well as communicating historical information the site is intended to make people reflect about both the past and about socio-political questions, such as current forms of exploitation.”

In the grounds and in one of the preserved barracks, a multi-media exhibition is to be realised employing a variety of methods. Alongside the history of the site itself, it will also provide a comprehensive and accessible picture of the history of the forced labourers in Munich and of their living and working conditions. It also will portray those who profited from the system of exploitation which included both Munich companies and state and municipal administrative institutions. A second barrack will served as a “remembrance workshop” with multi-functional furnishing and will give young adults the opportunity to find their own ways of addressing the past – for example, together with the artists.

Intensive research into the history of the labour camp complex and into forced labour throughout the city has been in progress at the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism for some years now.  The current state of research is documented in a publication issued in April 2018: Zwangsarbeit in München. Das Lager der Reichsbahn in Neuaubing (Forced Labour in Munich. The German Railways Camp in Neuaubing), published by the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, Metropol Verlag 2018, ISBN978-3-86331-040-0, 28 euros.

Press release | 17 May 2018

The Technische Hochschule München under National Socialism


The new special exhibition of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism is dedicated to the history of MunichTechnical University during the Nazi era. The exhibition will run from 18 May to 26 August 2018.

To pursue its totalitarian goals, the Nazi state required not only military and industrial resources but also scientific research. In the Third Reich, scientific and technological disciplines and the technical universities were therefore an essential component and an important pillar of the Nazi regime. In the course of the war the various sections of the Wehrmacht set up and financed major research complexes as well as institutes and research facilities. The universities received numerous ‘war contracts’ and were transformed into ‘war operations’. Munich Technical University (at the time Technische Hochschule, today Technische Uni­ver­sität) must therefore be viewed in this context. Of the ten technical universities in the German Reich, Munich was second after Berlin in terms of student numbers. As such, it was heavily involved in research contracts for the Wehrmacht and in 1943 it was named a ‘model war operation’.

The exhibition has been realised jointly with Munich Technical University (TUM). Using a wealth of previously unknown image and archive material, it documents the personnel, ideological and institutional changes and the instrumentalisation of the university for the purpose of preparing for and waging war. The ouster of seventeen Jewish and politically undesirable university lecturers and the removal of (their) doctoral titles is one theme of the exhibition. Another is how some professors accommodated themselves to the Nazi regime and mobilised themselves. The central focus is the ideologisation and militarisation of the entire university and the fate of teaching and research in the individual faculties. The exhibition concludes by looking at the phase of de-Nazification and the university’s approach to its Nazi past after 1945. 

The Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, Max-Mannheimer-Platz 1, is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm (opening hours can be extended for schools and groups by arrangement). Entrance is free of charge for persons under the age of 18. Adults pay 5 EUR (concessions 2.50 EUR).


The exhibition catalogue, published by TUM.University Press, reproduces all the material from the exhibition with an introduction by Winfried Nerdinger, essays by the historians Rüdiger Hachtmann and Helmut Maier and other documents and texts on the subject.

Die Technische Hochschule München im Nationalsozialismus, edited by Wolfgang A. Hermann and Winfried Nerdinger, with assistance from Andreas Eichmüller, TUM.University Press: Munich 2018, Museum edition, soft cover, 28 EUR, ISBN 978-3-95884-009-6 | Publisher’s edition, hard cover, 34 EUR, ISBN 978-3-95884-008-9.

Programme of Events

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events. At the opening on Thursday, 17 May, at 7 pm, the historian Ulrich Herbert spoke on the subject of ‘Science and Universities in the Nazi Era’ (in German). Every Tuesday (except public holidays) the Documentation Centre will offer open tours of the special exhibition. You can register for a tour by sending an e-mail to or by calling 089/233-67015. Meeting point: Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, Max-Mannheimer-Platz 1, foyer.

On Wednesday, 6 June 2018, at 7 pm, the historian Rüdiger Hachtmann will give a lecture on ‘The Science Policy of the Nazi State with a Special Focus on Technical Universities’ (in German). In addition, the education and communication department of the Documentation Centre will offer a workshop (in German) for adults and students on 7 June 2018, from 3 to 6 pm, devoted to the role of the Technical University under the Nazi regime. You can register for this workshop by sending an e-mail to or calling 089/233-67007.

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Winning entry by Arnold Dreyblatt in the art competition for a memorial to the Nazi book-burning on Königsplatz: View with visualisation of the monument. | © Arnold Dreyblatt

Press release | 9 May 2018

Arnold Dreyblatt Design for a Memorial to the Nazi Book-Burning to Be Realised

On 9 March 2018, it was announced that the US artist Arnold Dreyblatt would create a memorial to the book-burning on Königs­platz. His design, entitled ‘Die Schwarze Liste’ (The Black List), was chosen in a competition held in 2017. Today the Culture Committee decided to follow the jury’s decision and realise Dreyblatt’s design.

The circular monument will be erected on the central gravel area in front of the Staatliche Antikensammlung, the place where the Nazi book-burning is presumed to have taken place on 10 May 1933. The walkable disc made of glass fibre-reinforced plastic will be set in the ground and will have a diameter of just under eight metres. It will form the base for a spiral consisting of 9,600 letters spelling the titles of the 359 books by authors banned in Nazi Germany. The selection of titles is based on the historic “black list” compiled by the Berlin librarian Wolfgang Herrmann and published several times in May 1933, which formed the basis for the books chosen for burning at the time.

The book titles in the spiral follow one another without any punctua­tion, thus producing chains of words with myriad associations that create new connections and meanings: ‘GERMANY’S THEATRE BISMARCK AND HIS TIME SOMEONE TELLS THE TRUTH THE ARTIFICIAL SILK GIRL … ON FIVE MARRIAGES FROM THE TIME THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO IMAGES OF THE METROPOLIS THE LESSING LEGEND ON HISTORY AND CRITICISM’. This continuous line of text is intended to open a ‘poetic window’ on a lost world and at the same time recall its active destruction. The spiral form references the spiral of smoke and burning pages that can be seen in historic photos of the book-burning. The jury praised Dreyblatt‘s design because it focuses primarily on the intellectual and cultural achievements of the authors rather than just on the act of burning and destruction. The jury thought the art work communicated a multi-dimensional message and that it would have an impact both in the present and in the future, prompting those who see it to reflect on Nazi ideology and to take an interest in the banned books themselves.

Born in New York in 1953, Arnold Dreyblatt has lived and worked in Berlin since 1984 and has made a name for himself as a composer and media artist. Many of his installations in public space are devoted to subjects connected with the culture of remembrance, in many cases the processes of remembering and forgetting, of collecting and archiving. Particularly worthy of mention in this context are Dreyblatt’s works for the Ravensbrück Memorial Site (‘Liberation’, ‘Calendarium’ and ‘Inmates I & II’, 2014/15), for the Berlin-Hohen­schön­hausen Memorial (‘Das Dossier’, 2013), for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (‘Inschriften’, 2010) and for the Jewish Museum in Berlin (‘Unausgesprochen’, 2008).

A budget of 120,000 euros has been allocated for the competition and the realisation of the art work. Apart from the memorial itself, there will be a panel explaining the work and a website with back­ground information on the Nazi book-burning. The inauguration of the memorial is planned to take place before the end of 2018.

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Prof. Dr. Mirjam Zadoff, Director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism | Photo: Orla Connolly

Press Release | 3 May 2018

Mirjam Zadoff Appointed New Director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism

On 2 May 2018, Prof. Dr. Mirjam Zadoff will take up her appointment as new director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. In this post she will be responsible not only for the programme of exhibitions, events and education but also for networking and representing the Documentation Centre. Her brief will also embrace the further strategic development of this place of learning and remembrance, including content and organisation.

Mirjam Zadoff was previously Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington in the United States, where she held the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies. A native of Innsbruck, Austria, she completed her doctorate ‘summa cum laude’ at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich in 2006 and obtained her post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) there in 2013. Zadoff, who is forty-four, looks back on a career of extensive research and publication activities. Her research and teaching have focused primarily on Jewish history and culture and Holocaust studies. As an initiator, coordinator and director of major research and educational projects, she has gained management and leadership experience. The conferences and discussions she has led have earned her high acclaim in both academic and non-academic circles. Mirjam Zadoff has won many awards, in particular for her innovative concepts in continuing education, designed for students, researchers and teaching staff. For many years now she has regarded her work in education as addressed not only to an academic audience but also to a broad public. Her special areas are the Holocaust, racism, anti-Semitism, refugees and migration.

‘With Mirjam Zadoff we have gained a highly competent and experienced historian as the new director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. Building on what has already been achieved, she will bring a fresh impetus to the Documentation Centre, further developing both its content and its international connections. The Documentation Centre is a place of learning and remembrance for a broad public. Mirjam Zadoff will continue to ensure that the programme of exhibitions, conferences and education relates the past to the present and thus endeavours to counter racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia’,  Dr. Hans-Georg Küppers, Director of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich, commented.

Mirjam Zadoff succeeds the founding director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winfried Nerdinger, who headed the Documentation Centre from October 2012 until April 2018.

‘An awareness of history and an understanding of democracy are closely connected – I have experienced the different ways of approaching this during my work in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United States. As the contemporary witnesses gradually fall silent and calls are repeatedly heard for an end to remembrance, the significance of an institution like the Munich Documentation Centre becomes all the greater. Xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism are part of the present. Growing nationalism and right-wing extremism pose major challenges for our democracies. Countering these developments is a task for all of us. As director of the Documentation Centre, I look forward, together with my team, to playing an active and sustained role in ensuring that a critical and future-oriented confrontation with the Nazi past takes place in the public sphere’, says Prof. Dr. Mirjam Zadoff.

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Press release, 05.10.2017

Prize for educational projects about National Socialism

The Munich City Council has commissioned the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism to award a prize for outstanding publications, activities or projects that make a major contribution to educating the public about National Socialism, about the crimes of the Nazi regime and about the consequences and continuing impact of the Nazi era. The prize, worth 8,000 euros, will be awarded every two years from 2018 onwards. 

In selecting the projects the jury will be looking for high-quality contributions with a broad social impact that are both in tune with the times and oriented towards the future. A jury of six experts from German-speaking countries and five honorary members of the City Council will propose international publications and projects for discussion and then recommend a candidate to receive the prize. The final decision about the selection of the winner will be taken by the City Council.

“The inflammatory slogans of hatred once again being spread on a large scale today by right-wing populists and right-wing extremists bear a shocking resemblance to Nazi propaganda. The extreme right wing’s xenophobia, anti-Semitism and obliviousness to history are now penetrating mainstream society. We must counter this with a decisive 'Never again!',” said Dr. Hans-Georg Küppers, Cultural Officer for the City of Munich.

“Our task at the Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism is to educate the public and to make clear where the inhuman ideology of the Right has its roots. The prize which we will award from 2018 onwards will honour contributions that support our work,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winfried Nerdinger, Founding Director of the Documentation Centre.

In German

> Pressemeldung, 25.04.2018 | Neuerscheinung: Winfried Nerdinger, Erinnerung gegründet auf Wissen. Das NS-Dokumentationszentrum München | Remembrance based on Knowledge. The Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism
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> Pressemeldung, 25.04.2018 | Neuerscheinung: Zwangsarbeit in München. Das Lager der Reichsbahn in Neuaubing
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> Pressemeldung, 25.04.2018 | Neuerscheinung: Wolfram Kastner. „Nicht ich provoziere, sondern die Umstände provozieren mich“
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> Pressemeldung, 16.04.2018 | Neuerscheinung: Dirk Heißerer, Bruder Hitler? Thomas Manns Entlarvung des Nationalsozialismus
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> Pressemeldung, 13.04.2018 | Wie erinnern? Symposium zum Abschied von Winfried Nerdinger
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> Pressemeldung, 28.11.2017: Neue Sonderausstellung: Nie wieder. Schon wieder. Immer noch. Rechtsextremismus in Deutschland seit 1945
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> Pressemeldung, 26.10.2017: Zeitzeugin besucht das ehemalige Zwangsarbeiterlager in Neuaubing
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> Pressemeldung, 19.10.2017: Abschluss der Grabungen auf dem Gelände des ehemaligen KZ-Außenlagers Allach
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> Pressemeldung, 13.10.2017: Neuerscheinung: Die christlichen Kirchen im „Dritten Reich“
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> Pressemeldung, 05.10.2017: Preis für Projekte zur Aufklärung über den Nationalsozialismus
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> Pressemeldung, 13.09.2017: Ausstellungseröffnung „Erinnerung Erinnerung bewahren. Sklaven- und Zwangsarbeiter des Dritten Reiches aus Polen 1939–1945“
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fileadmin/user_upload/08_presse/Sonderausstellungen/erinnerung_bewahren/erinnerung_bewahren_pdf/01_pressemeldung_erinnerungbewahren.pdf> Pressemeldung, 05.07.2017: Neuerscheinung „Stadt und Erinnerung“
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> Pressemeldung, 21.06.2017: Eröffnung der Sonderausstellung „Alfred Hrdlicka. Wie ein Totentanz – Die Ereignisse des 20. Juli 1944“ von 22. Juni bis 27. August 2017
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> Pressemeldung, 07.03.2017: Eröffnung der Sonderausstellung „Angezettelt. Antisemitische und rassistische Aufkleber von 1880 bis heute“ von 8. März bis 5. Juni 2017
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> Pressemeldung, 11.11.2016: Kein Gräberfund bei erster Untersuchung auf dem Gelände des ehemaligen KZ-Außenlagers Allach
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> Pressemeldung, 26.10.2016: Eröffnung der neuen Sonderausstellung „Die Verfolgung der Sinti und Roma in München und Bayern 1933-1945“
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> Pressemeldung, 20.7.2016: Eröffnung der neuen Sonderausstellung „Adolf Frankl - Kunst gegen das Vergessen"
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> Pressemeldung, 23.6.2016: Präsentation des neuen Audioguides „Ehemaliges Zwangsarbeiterlager Neuaubing"
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> Pressemeldung, 28.4.2016: Ein Jahr NS-Dokumentationszentrum München: Bilanz und Ausblick
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> Pressemeldung: 200.000. Besucher im NS-Dokumentationszentrum
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> Pressemeldung: NS-Dokumentationszentrum setzt digitale Zeichen am historischen Ort
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> Pressemeldung: Ortstermin Erinnerungsort „Zwangsarbeiterlager Neuaubing"
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> Pressemeldung: Deutsch-französische Extremismustagung im Zeichen der Pariser Anschläge
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> Pressemeldung „Aktionswochen gegen Antisemitismus"
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> Pressemeldung „Der Warschauer Aufstand 1944"
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> Pressemeldung Wechsel Sonderausstellungsbereich
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> Pressemeldung 100.000. Besucher
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> Pressemeldung Rückblick 1. Monat
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> Pressemeldung Eröffnung
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