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Press information | 20 January 2022

Departure Neuaubing. European Histories of Forced Labor

In 2021, the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism developed an interactive and interdisciplinary web app for a digital history project entitled “Departure Neuaubing – European Histories of Forced Labor.” The project tells stories about the history of Nazi forced labor, its connections all over Europe as well as their resonances until today.

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.

“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 program.


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Press information | 1 September 2021

Tell me about yesterday tomorrow. A Book about the Future of the Past

From 28 November 2019 to 18 October 2020 the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism showed the exhibition „Tell me about yesterday tomorrow“ encompassing contemporary works of art by forty-six international artists. The works focused on the interpretation of the past and how it connects with the present. The artists, who spanned different generations, addressed many different topics in their works, including the resurgence of nationalism, racism, and anti-Semitism; the violent exploitation of human beings and the natural en-vironment; the cultural and political repercussions of war, repression, and trauma; and the portrayal of national myths. In collaboration with artists and scientists the exhibition set out to create new spaces for discourses of memory and in which to discuss the relevance of memory for the future.

The eponymous book publication „Tell me aboutyesterday tomorrow“, edited by the artistic director of the exhibition, Nicolaus Schafhausen, and the director of the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, Mirjam Zadoff, takes these discourses and open questions as its starting point. The approach is interdisciplinary with contributions from authors spanning the fields of history, art, philosophy, journalism, poetry, gender, and urban studies. All of them examine the connection between past and future and ask to what extent knowledge or ignorance of the past influences our view of the present and our future narratives? The approach and topics chosen by the authors range from biographical experiences to intergenerational exchanges, and a discussion of current social phenomena. They address the complex realities of life in the past and present and draw our attention to shifts in political hegemonies that lead to ostracization, denigration, and destruction. The book explicitly adopts an international perspective to show how universal the forms taken by the phenomena of social polarization and radicalization are in our globally connected world. The book also includes a documentation of the exhibition at the Munich Documentation Center and associ-ated venues.

The book presentation will take place at the Munich Documentation Center on 11 September 2021 at 7 pm.  The editors, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Mirjam Zadoff, will discuss the publication with Dorothea Schöne (director of Kunsthaus Dahlem) and the writer Monika Rinck.

„Tell me about yesterday tomorrow“ is published by Hirmer Verlag in German and English. With contributions by Monika Rinck, Philippe Sands, Dieter Lesage, Dirk Rupnow, Brenda Draney, Liam Gillick, Georg Diez, Nora Sternfeld, Dorothea Schöne, Andreas Huyssen & Doris Salcedo, Ismail Küppeli, Piotr Rypson, and others.

336 pages, 60 b+w illustrations
18.5 x 26.5 cm, brochure
ISBN: 978-3-7774-3542-8

Copies for review can be obtained from the press office of the Munich Documentation Center at presse.nsdoku (at) or from Hirmer Verlag.

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Press information | 13 July 2020

Art intervention on the NSU Trial by Sebastian Jung

The main proceedings against the five defendants charged with the crimes committed by the National Socialist Underground (NSU) were held before the Higher Regional Court of Munich from 2013 to 2017. This far-right terror group had committed a string of murders and other violent attacks in Germany for years. The judgment, which runs to more than 3,000 pages, was pronounced a few weeks ago, bringing the first stage of the trial to a close. And yet, there are still many unanswered questions about the NSU and its deeds.

Artist Sebastian Jung attended the NSU trial in court, making pencil sketches of the proceedings. His drawings reflect the observer’s view. The media fanfare that accompanied the start of the trial ebbed as the proceedings dragged on. At times, questions about the main defendants’ clothing and hairstyles seemed more vivid than the crimes themselves, or the ways in which the police and domestic intelligence service were entangled in the laborious investigations.

Jung has crafted a relief measuring 2 by 4 meters for the façade of the building based on his drawings of the proceedings, made in the courtroom of the criminal justice center in Munich. The work explores the unanswered questions that remain after the trial, along with the fundamental way that the acts of the NSU are treated. The center of the relief is a large blank space, marking the place where witnesses typically testify. This omission is Jung’s way of placing the crimes beyond visual representation. By presenting the view from the public gallery inside the courtroom, he also questions the public view of the proceedings, in which some participants, such as joint plaintiffs, were not visible enough.

The work turns the outdoors into a new venue, calling for an urgently needed ongoing public debate of the events. It also urges viewers to rethink the as yet unknown long-term political and social ripple effects of the NSU complex. While the artist is especially interested in the structural issues behind the complex, the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism has an additional aim in its intervention: to point out the lack of a central public place of remembrance of this crime spree, the largest series of murders committed by far-right extremists in the history of postwar Germany.

The relief on the façade and other drawings in the interior of the criminal justice center are part of the current exhibition titled “Tell me about yesterday tomorrow,” funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, which is shown  at the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism until October 18, 2020. This interdisciplinary exhibition project focuses on contemporary art, bringing art, scholarship, remembrance work, education, and culture together. More than 40 international artists are featured with works exploring the meaning of the past and how it ties in to the present day. Many of the works on display are new works dealing with current topics. These include Jung’s drawings, which show his observations of visitors to the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camp memorials, a large-scale demonstration of “concerned citizens” in Chemnitz in 2018, and the video of the perpetrator of the right-wing extremist attack in Halle on October 9, 2019.

Jung is interested in the emotional mobilization of mass groups, spurred on by political rhetoric that creates simple images of the enemy. His portraits are less of the individual people, whom he shows in a distorted or cartoonish way, than of their feelings as he experienced them in the situation. Jung just recently published “Europe Ice Weather,” a sharp-eyed observation of society during the coronavirus pandemic (

Sebastian Jung (born in Jena in 1987) grew up in Winzerla, a settlement of typical East German prefabricated concrete slab buildings in Jena that became known as the starting point for the radicalization of the three members of the NSU. His 2015 work “Winzerla” was his first artistic work on the NSU. Jung lives and works in Leipzig.

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Digital Assembly: History is not the Past

Starting on  June 18, 2020

Within the scope of the exhibition titled “Tell me about yesterday tomorrow,” a multi-stranded program named “Assembly” will take place in two parts, starting in June 2020. The program will first be realized as a series of digital formats in this year and then continued in the summer of 2021 as a public event in the forecourt of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism.
The program focuses on the importance of remembrance to the status of democracy. Remembering the disasters of the war, the Holocaust, and the Nazi dictatorship, the responsibility derived from historical experiences, and also the freedom and security that have been developed since 1945 is a key aspect of the democratic self-image in Germany, Europe, and the wider world. As the Nazi history recedes further and further into the past and our society becomes one of migration, new forms of remembrance are needed to encompass the full range of society, reflecting all ages, origins, and experiences. At the same time, new threats to the stability of democracy are on the horizon, fueled by policies of exclusion and hate and calls for an end to remembrance.
“Assembly” takes as a guiding theme a quote by writer James Baldwin: “History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.” It describes on one hand how interpretations of history can be used as tools to separate and marginalize people. But on the other hand keeping memory alive, with all the multiple strands involved, also has the potential to build bridges and create affiliations and identities that transcend national boundaries.
Podcast series
The centerpiece of the digital “Assembly” program in June of this year will be a podcast series titled “History is not the Past”, which offers thoughts and discussions about present-day issues and future scenarios at the intersection of history, society, and culture. As we look to shape society for the future, it is crucial to bear the past in mind, that without remembering, we will lose our future.
Contributors include: Michael Brenner, Niels Beintker, Magnus Brechtken, Roger Cohen, Max Czollek, Georg Diez, Clémentine Deliss, Lena Gorelik, Kübra Gümüşay, Christine Hamel, Florian Hartleb, Dota Kehr, Leon Kahane and Fabian Bechtle, Ken Lum and Paul Farber, Michaela Melián, Michaela Meise, Armin Nassehi, Luisa Neubauer, Doron Rabinovici, Willem de Rooij, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Maya Shenfeld, Sahana Udupa, Charlotte Wiedemann, Christiane Wolf, Sonja Zekri and other.
Concept: Juliane Bischoff, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Mirjam Zadoff
A new podcast episode will be released daily from June 18 to 28. Episodes will be available via the Documentation Centre website and common podcast platforms.
Further online formats
Alongside the podcast series, there will be further online contribution such as a Zoom discussion between Khalil Muhammad and Mirjam Zadoff on June 18 (in cooperation with  the Amerikahaus Munich and the Bavarian American Academy), a writing workshop with Lena Gorelik, a live Zoom performance of the play "Haram" in cooperation with Schauburg Munich on June 29, and the online publication "Europa Eiswetter" by artist Sebastian Jung available through from June 10.
Exhibition openings as part of “Tell me about yesterday tomorrow”
An exhibition highlighting the life and work of artist Harald Pickert (1901–1983), who survived six years of internment in concentration camps, will be presented at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte from June 2 through July 29. Based on his observations of the trial of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) before the Higher Regional Court of Munich Sebastian Jung designed a relief for the façade of the court building which will be presented to the public in late June 2020.
Outlook for 2021
In the summer of 2021, the “Assembly” program will be continued in public space for which the forecourt of the Documentation Centre will become a platform for discussion, performance, and musical and cinematic contributions. An outdoor structure that serves as a stage, discussion forum, and place to spend time will be created specifically for the program.

The digital "Assembly" takes place in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Tell me about yesterday tomorrow is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The project is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.

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Mirjam Zadoff, Director Munich Documentation Centre for the History of Nationals Socialism, and Arne Ackermann, Director Munich public libraries | Photo: Orla Conolly

Press information | 31 January 2019

Graphic Novel about Anne Frank Awarded Prize by the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism

‘Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation’ by Ari Folman and David Polonsky has won a prize awarded by the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism for the first time in 2018. In conferring the prize, the Cultural Committee of the Munich City Council followed the recommendation of the jury chaired by the director of the city’s Department of Culture, Hans-Georg Küppers. ‘Anne Frank’s Diary’ is one of the most important documents of the Holocaust. Its adaptation as a graphic novel follows the current trend of using alternative methods to convey difficult subjects like war or persecution. Employing a visual aesthetic familiar to teenagers, it zooms in on historic events to show them with a close-up directness; at the same time, the graphic realisation produces an alienating effect, distancing the reader from history. This dialectic of immediacy and distance opens up a space in which to portray and convey emotions, fears and hopes and to show the inner world – the thoughts and experiences – of this young girl hiding from the Nazis

Anyone who thought there was nothing new to say about Anne Frank’s diary is in for some surprises from Folman and Polonsky in whose narrative and drawings the story of the Amsterdam backyard is retold with extraordinary vitality, conveying the feeling of claustrophobia, the lack of privacy, the silent conflicts and the danger posed by news from outside that time and again brings Anne’s complex, yet monotonous everyday life into sharp focus. The visual depiction of Anne’s inner life as she responds to her environment, sometimes with irony, sometimes with derision and increasingly with dejection, is particularly impressive. The images, most in colour, a few in sepia, bring home to readers the fears, emotions, day dreams, memories and hopes for the future of this intelligent young girl; but increasingly also her nightmarish fantasies, which grow out of the ever more detailed reports about the camps and the imminent threat of annihilation.

 ‘Folman and Polonsky’s “Diary of Anne Frank” brings together central aspects of the work of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism at the interface between knowledge, education and art. The authors have translated the history of the Holocaust into an artistic language that enables readers to comprehend the unimaginable and the unutterable. The powerful effect of their haunting images reaches even those readers who have little knowledge of history or reading ability. To address this difficult subject requires a great deal of courage, sensitivity and skill from the artist. Folman and Polonsky have made a valuable and pioneering contribution to efforts to create a continually evolving, lively culture of remembrance’, the jury stated, explaining why it had chosen to award them the prize.
A plenary session of the Munich City Council decided on 23 November 2017 to award a biannual prize of the Documentation Centre worth 8,000 euros for outstanding publications and activities designed to educate people about the crimes of the Nazi regime and about the consequences and further repercussions of the Nazi era. The key criteria in nominating candidates for the prize are high-quality, a broad social impact and a modern, future-oriented design.

 ‘Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation’ is available in all Munich public libraries.

On April 30, 2019, the prize of the NS Documentation Center Munich 2018 will be presented to the two authors Ari Folman and David Polonsky by the Cultural Officer of the City of Munich, Hans-Georg Küppers. The laudation will be given by the director of the Jewish Museum Hohenems, Hanno Loewy.
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Press Release | 10 January 2019

Preview of the programme for 2019/2020 at the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism

In 2019, the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism will intensify its focus on issues of an international, current and political nature in several exhibitions and a new programme of events. These issues will be discussed in their historical context and their implications for the culture of remembrance examined. Racism, genocide and the Holocaust are the main themes of the programme for the coming year. They will be addressed from both a historical and a contemporary perspective in a series of lectures, discussions and other formats. The future of the culture of remembrance and the political dimension of museums and memorial sites will likewise feature in the Documentation Centre’s programme of exhibitions and events.

The new programme will be realised in cooperation with many different partners from Munich, other parts of Germany and abroad. The programme was devised under Mirjam Zadoff, who became the Munich Documentation Centre’s new director in May 2018.

‘The doors of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism open in many different directions. Our programme seeks to reach both the increasingly diverse Munich public and an international audience’, says Director Mirjam Zadoff. ‘Our topics are just as diverse as our public is. A growing number of people are starting to look to the past to find out why the changes in Europe and the United States are happening. They are asking why dictatorships emerge and why people vote against liberal democracies in favour of authoritarian regimes that are precursors to dictatorships. Why have egalitarianism, open-mindedness and diversity come under fire and been replaced by exclusion, homogeneity and blinkered views? We are observing a newly awakened interest in history, especially the history of the twentieth century. What this means for our programme is that – alongside the traditional Nazi themes – we will seek to draw connections with the current situation, to develop a more international focus and to adopt a more interdisciplinary and participatory approach. Over the past year we have launched many new initiatives, entered into new co-operations and tried out different formats. The significant increase in visitor numbers has strengthened our resolve to continue along this path.’

Communicating history to a broad public is a central mission of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. To this end, the Documentation Centre continually develops new participatory and inclusive educational programmes that convey a knowledge of history and encourage people to engage in a critical examination of current social and political questions.  As well as evolving a digital strategy, the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism has resolved in the coming year to focus especially closely on the question of how to make the history of the Nazi era and related topics accessible to a diverse audience, many of whom have a migration background, and to create a basis for discussion. The concept and substance for the memorial site at the Forced Labour Camp Neuaubing will continue to be developed in the coming year.

The following is a just a brief selection of the distinguished speakers in our diverse programme of evening events: Géraldine Schwarz (22.1.) Christopher Clark (31.1.), Ibram X. Kendi (18.2.), Omer Bartov (24.6.), Ian Buruma (27.6.), Andrea Pető (1.7.) and Roger Cohen (4.7.). Alongside big names like these the Documentation Centre will be providing a platform for young people to express their views. Come and discover new, exciting and surprising themes from many different spheres, including history, music, literature, art, pop culture and film.

As part of our educational programme in political history we will be offering a Spring School devoted to how to approach the memory of Nazi crimes at historic sites and in families. The central focus of this programme will be how contemporary society deals with the memory of the actors of the Nazi era and what kinds of repercussions Nazi crimes continue to have to this day. The Spring School will take place from 1 to 4 April 2019 and is designed for multipliers, teachers and students.

In June, a congress of international experts will convene to discuss the subject of ‘Gewalt im Nachkrieg – Post-war Violence 1945–1949’. The conference, which will be attended by many well-known guests, will look at the post-war years in Germany and Europe as a phase of unrestrained violence. The participants will apply new approaches from violence research, looking not just at actors but at spaces, situations and practices of violence as an entire scenario.

The following exhibitions will be shown in 2019/2020:

Ronit Agassi. The Fifth Season

Not Black and White. An Intervention in Colour
THE CITY WITHOUT. Jews Foreigners Muslims Refugees

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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.

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.

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