Please note, the main language of all events is German - unless differently noted.

Nazi forced labour on our doorstep

Series of events 12 Berlin districts, 12 events

80 years ago, in 1942, forced labour became a mass phenomenon in Berlin. As the war wore on, the German economy's need for labour grew immeasurably. In March 1942, the Nazi regime created a central authority, the "General Plenipotentiary for the Deployment of Labour", to organise the deportation of more and more people more efficiently. Hundreds of new accommodation camps were built in Berlin as part of the "Lagerbauaktion 1942".

The series takes a look at the individual Berlin districts in 12 events. What does this crime, which took place on our doorstep, have to do with our society today? And why did it take so long to come to terms with it? Lectures, readings, film screenings and discussions are planned as part of the series of events. The focus will be on places of forced labour that have only recently been "rediscovered".

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 6 pm
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Museum, online

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 6 pm
Treptow-Köpenick Museums, Treptow-Köpenick Adult Education Centre, Baumschulenstr. 79-81

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 6 p.m.
Museum Reinickendorf, Alt-Hermsdorf 35

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 6 p.m.
Citadel Zitadelle, Am Juliusturm 64

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 6 pm
Mitte Museum, Pankstr. 47

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 6 p.m.
FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum, Adalbertstr. 95A

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 6 p.m.
Tempelhof Schöneberg museums, information point heavy load body, General-Pape-Str. 100

Thursday, 25 August 2022, 6 p.m.
Department of Culture Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Schwartzsche Villa, Grunewaldstr. 55

Thursday, 22 September 2022, 6 p.m.
Museum Pankow, Prenzlauer Allee 227-228

Thursday, 20 October 2022, 6 p.m.
Marzahn-Hellersdorf District Museum, Alt-Marzahn 51

Thursday, 17 November 2022, 6 p.m.
Museum Neukölln, Alt-Britz 81

Thursday, 8 December 2022, 6 p.m.
Museum Lichtenberg, Türrschmidtstr. 24

The Stalag III D

Prisoners of war in Berlin

Thursday, 1 December 2022, 7 pm

The event presents new research on the Berlin prisoner of war camp Stalag III D, about which little is known so far.

The Wehrmacht founded Stalag III D in August 1940 with the establishment of the Lichterfelde camp. Further camp locations were established in Falkensee, Kaulsdorf, Friedrichsfelde and Großbeeren, among others. In addition, there were hundreds of other work detachments, most of which were also housed in camps.

French prisoners of war formed the largest group in Stalag III D for a long time; this is the subject of the exhibition "Past and Forgotten?" From 1943, the Wehrmacht brought over 30,000 Italians to Berlin. It is little known that there were also over 10,000 Soviet prisoners in Stalag III D.

Welcome address: Dr. Christine Glauning
Head of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre

Greeting: Dr. Heike Winkel
German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.)

Overview lecture: Barbara Schulz
Office for Contemporary History and Monument Preservation

Italian military internees: Arne Pannen
Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

Soviet prisoners of war: Kolja Buchmeier
Brandenburg Memorials Foundation

Chair: Dr. Babette Quinkert
Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

At 6 p.m. there will be a curator's tour of the exhibition "Past and Forgotten? The Lichterfelde Camp and the French Prisoners of War" will take place.

The permanent exhibition will be open until 7 pm.

Nazi Forced Labour in the Berlin Districts - Part 12

Lichtenberg: Places of Nazi Forced Labour and Commemoration

8 December 2022 | 7 pm | Museum Lichtenberg

Nazi forced labour was also omnipresent in Lichtenberg. In addition, institutions of forced labour of supra-regional importance were located in the district.

In Lichtenberg, forced labour took place both in well-known industrial companies, e.g. Knorr-Bremse, and in agriculture. The Rummelsburg workhouse in the district was an institution that had already practised forced labour in the Empire. The Wuhlheide "labour education camp" (Arbeitserziehungslager) played a key role in the persecution of forced labourers in Berlin.

Examples of places of forced labour and persecution are the focus of Thomas Irmer's lecture on the profile of Nazi forced labour in Lichtenberg. Roland Borchers will present current forms of commemoration.

Welcome and moderation: Anna Maria Katz
Head of the Department of Museum and History / Museum Lichtenberg

Greeting: Dr. Christine Glauning
Director of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre

Overview lecture: Thomas Irmer
Historian, political scientist, expert on the history of Nazi forced labour

Commemoration: Roland Borchers
Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre