September 2017

  • Special exhibition “Between uncertainty and confidence: Art, culture and the everyday life of Polish DPs in Germany 1945–1955”

    Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen

    Special exhibition “Between uncertainty and confidence: Art, culture and the everyday life of Polish DPs in Germany 1945–1955”

    01. September 2017 – 19. November 2017

    Around one million Polish forced labourers, POWS and concentration camp prisoners were liberated on German soil towards the end of World War II. In the western zones of occupation, they lived in group accommodations and were known as displaced persons (DPs). Many hesitated to return to their homeland, primarily for political reasons.

    This exhibition in German and Polish is the first to provide a comprehensive insight into the everyday lives and remarkably diverse cultural activities in the Polish DP camps. Through original artefacts, documents, photos and video interviews, the exhibition shines a light on this largely unknown aspect of Polish-German history. The exhibition was developed by the Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage and will be on display continuously until 19 November in the Forum of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.

    Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Forum

     

November 2017

  • “Milestones in the redesign”. Thematic tour with Ulrich Gremmelspacher, architect

    Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen

    “Milestones in the redesign”. Thematic tour with Ulrich Gremmelspacher, architect

    05. November 2017

    14:30 - 16:00

    Ten years ago, the new Documentation Centre with its permanent exhibition opened at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. To mark this occasion, Ulrich Gremmelspacher, one of the architects from the KSP studio in Braunschweig who was involved in the project, will lead a public tour to explain the concept behind the building, which received the Lower Saxony State Award for Architecture. The tour will also explore the building’s integration into the grounds of the former camp.
    Location: Bergen-Belsen Memorial
    Meeting place: Information desk in the Documentation Centre

    The event will be held in German.

     
  • Panel discussion for the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial on 30 November 1952 on the topic of “Are memorials outdated?”

    Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen

    Panel discussion for the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial on 30 November 1952 on the topic of “Are memorials outdated?”

    21. November 2017

    19:30 - 21:00

    With Dr Andreas Grünewald Steiger (Federal Academy for Cultural Education), Dr Jens-Christian Wagner (Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation) and others;

    Moderation: Susanne Schrammar (Deutschlandfunk Cologne)


    Over 70 years after World War II, there is hardly anyone left with personal memories of the crimes of the Nazis. Commemoration is becoming increasingly abstract. In light of this, memorials at the sites of Nazi crimes are coming to view themselves more as historical museums. But are they actually museums, and if so, do they meet the standards of museums? Or do memorials have a very different set of responsibilities?
    Location: CD Barracks, Hannoversche Strasse 30b, 29221 Celle
    The event is open to the public; registration is not necessary.

    The event will be held in German.

     

December 2017