An international travelling exhibition of the Prora Documentation Centre in cooparation with the
Institut for History at the University of Turin and "Communicatio Humana Exhibitions", Prague.
The exhibition deals with the state leisure time policy in National Socialist Germany and in fascist Italy and introduces both state run leisure time organizations, “Kraft durch Freude” and “Opera Nazionale Dopolavoro”. It shows the methods and mechanisms used by both organizations to shift the border between privacy and public and almost delete privacy.
Quoting the example of Czechoslovakia the exhibition demonstrates how the National Socialists applied their leisure time policy also to the occupied countries and shows it as a part of war and propaganda policy of the “Third Reich”.
4th of August to 30th of September 2007
„I wanted to prevent the war“ Georg Elser and the assassination attempt on 8th November 1939
A documentation of the Memorial Place German Resistence, Text and compilation: Peter Stein and Johannes Tuchel, Design: Studio Prof. Hans Peter Hoch
On the 8th of November 1939 the cabinet maker Georg Elser tried to kill Adolf Hitler during a speech in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller. He had installed an explosive body in the function room. Hitler left the beer cellar shortly before the explosion. Georg Elser was arrested and during the interrogation with the Gestapo confessed the action and his intention, to prevent the extension of the war that had been started by Germany in September 1939, by killing Hitler.
At first he was detained in the concentration camp Sachsenhausen, then in the concentration camp Dachau. On 9th April 1945, four weeks before the end of the war, he was shot.
The exhibition shows the life story of Georg Elser on the basis of documents and pictures. Focal points of the exhibition are the planning of the assassination attempt, the time of imprisonment and the reactions on the action after 1945. A basis provided protocols of the Gestapo interrogations and new research results.
4 th August to 30th September 2007
“Eloquent Silence” Photographs by Eva Schreiber
A photo exhibition on Prora by the Munich photographer Eva Schreiber
How does a place make you feel that on one hand was a symbol for the megalomania of the “Third Reich” and on the other hand was an institution of the communist follow-up state? Eva Schreiber pursued this question with her camera and although she never forgot the history of Prora, for her, objectively speaking, it was just a ruined building inherent in which was a certain paradoxical beauty.
The photographs emanate the quiet but also the unease that crept over the photographer when she first looked at Prora. The pictures reflect the aesthetics of Prora’s omnipresent decline.
7th of July to 29th of July 2007
„We had not even started to live“ Youth in the concentration camps Moringen and Uckermark 1940-1945
An exhibition of „Martin Guse Bildungsprojekte“ („Martin Guse Education projects”).
The exhibition deals with the history of the concentration camps Moringen and Uckermark and of the adolescent inmates. Because of political, religious, racist and mainly social persecution young women were arrested in Uckermark and young men in Moringen. They were stigmatized as “strange to the community”. They came from all parts of the German “Reich” and from the occupied countries.
During the detainment the young people suffered physical and mental injuries. Many of them did not survive.
19th of May to 24th of June 2007
„GUNS INSTEAD OF BUTTER“
Nutrition and Propaganda in the „Third Reich“
An exhibition of the City and Navigation Museum Kiel.
This exhibition illustrates the „Third Reich’s“ daily life by the National Socialist nutritional policy. In order to make Germany independent of food imports and to guarantee the supply of the population all the same, with immense propaganda campaigns the consumption should be reduced and controlled; everybody could feel this.
In the centre of the exhibition are campaigns for the „Stew Sunday“, wholegrain bread, fish, wine and potatoes from Germany, for the use of leftovers and against spoilage. Varied exhibits impressively document how efficently the national socialist concept of the „Volksgemeinschaft“ (people’s community) worked.
The exhibition wants to show which political and ideological foundations determined the life and supply sitiuation between 1933 and 1945.
24th of March to 13th of May 2007
"Homeless people in National Socialism"
An exhibition of the Federal Working Team Homeless Aid (registered association).
It can’t be exactly ascertained how many beggars and landlopers, named „not settled/vagrants“ from 1938 onwards, had been admitted into concentration camps. Experts estimate a number of more than 10,000.
Inmates categorized as so-called „antisocials“ remained excluded from payments of compensation in East and West Germany. Only in recent years payments of compensation are possible in some Federal States via hardship case regulations which is unfortunately to late for most of the survivors: The avarage year of birth of the people arrested during the campaign „Aktion Arbeitsscheu Reich“ (Action Work-shy Empire) in 1938 was 1900.