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

Nazi Forced Labour in the Berlin Districts - Part 7

Tempelhof-Schöneberg Nazi Forced Labour at Tempelhof Airport and in Mariendorf

14  July 2022 | 6 pm | Schöneberg Museum

Tempelhof was once an important industrial site in Berlin. During the Second World War, production was kept going by forced labourers.

Thousands of people had to perform forced labour for Lufthansa and Weser Flugzeugbau on the Tempelhof field. Traces of the accommodation camps were uncovered during archaeological excavations from 2012 to 2014. In her lecture, Kathrin Misterek provides insights into the excavation project and the dimensions of forced labour.

Miklas Weber has been dealing with Nazi persecution in Mariendorf for a long time. Two forced labour camps existed at the former Mariendorf freight station. In 1944, a Soviet forced labourer was shot there "on the run", and two others were deported to concentration camps. The area is currently being developed as the "Marienhöfe" project.

Welcome & moderation:
Philipp Holt, Deputy Director of the Tempelhof-Schöneberg Museums.

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

Kathrin Misterek, archaeologist

Miklas Weber, neighbourhood researcher

On Saturday, 23 July 2022, Ms Misterek will offer a guided tour of Tempelhofer Feld at 4 pm. Registration: or 030 / 90 277 6163. The meeting point will be announced upon registration. A 12-part event series in cooperation with the Berlin Regional Museums (January-December 2022).


Open Monument Day

Saturday 10 September 2022

11 am Kiez Rundgang - NS Forced Labour in Schöneweide

13 am Tour of the exhibition on the Italian military internees and the grounds with barrack 13

3 pm Tour of everyday forced labour 1938-1945 and grounds


Sunday 11 September 2022

11 am Guided tour of the exhibition : Forced Labour in the Daily round and Barack 13 - in English

1 pm Guided tour : Sickness and Forced Labour

3 pm Guided tour Exhibition Everyday Forced Labour 1938-1945 and Grounds

Please allow two hours for all activities. No registration is required. We look forward to seeing you.