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Preservation and demolition. Debates on historical sites of Nazi forced labor in Berlin

2  July 2019 | 7 p.m. | Topographie des Terrors

During the Second World War, forced labor was a mass phenomenon in Berlin. Almost every company, but also authorities, churches and private individuals resorted to forced laborers. Recently, several places in Berlin related to forced labor have come into the focus of public debate: the former Bock brewery in Kreuzberg, the former Central Office for Jews at the Berlin Employment Office in the Fontanepromenade, the grounds of the Stalag III D in Lichterfelde-Süd and preserved barracks in Kaulsdorfer Straße.

In her short lecture, Christine Glauning gives an overview of the numerous places of forced labor in Berlin. Christoph Rauhut illuminates the current debates under the aspect of monument protection. Jürgen Karwelat represents the perspective of one of Berlin's civil society initiatives that has been participating in the "Round Table on Forced Labor under the Nazis" since 2017. The panel discussion will focus primarily on the question of the extent to which former places of forced labor can be preserved and/or used and what significance the topic of forced labor has in the culture of remembrance.

Andreas Nachama is director of the Topography of Terror Foundation. In 2017 the "Round Table NS Forced Labor" was convened under his chairmanship.
Christine Glauning is head of the Documentation Centre for NS Forced Labor of the Topography of Terror Foundation and head of the "Round Table NS Forced Labor".
Jürgen Karwelat is a board member of the Berlin History Workshop Association and a participant in the "Round Table on Nazi Forced Labor".
Christoph Rauhut is state curator and director of the Berlin State Monument Office.
Klaus Hillenbrand is a journalist and chief editor at "taz".

The event will take place in the Topography of Terror, Niederkirchnerstr. 8 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.