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

15 May 2019 | 7 p.m.

exhibition opening
Lost Memory?
Places of Nazi forced labour in the Czech Republic

The exhibition shows 18 places of Nazi forced labor on Czech soil, including the Theresienstadt ghetto, the Leitmeritz subcamp and an armaments factory in Prague. Forced labor is presented in its entire spectrum: as part of the Holocaust, the concentration camp system, the murder of Sinti and Roma, and the exploitation of civilians and prisoners of war.

Dr. Christine Glauning, head of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre
Prof. Dr. Andreas Nachama, Director of the foundation Topography of Terror

Tomáš Jan Podivínský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic
Tereza Štěpková, Director of the Theresienstadt Initiative Institute
Dr. Tomáš Jelínek, Managing Director of the German-Czech Future Fund
Margot Friedlander, Survivors of the Theresienstadt Ghetto

Dr. Alfons Adam, Curator of the exhibition


19  May 2019

International Museum Day

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.    Opening of "Barrack 13"
11 a.m.Guided Tour "Zwischen allen Stühlen. Die Geschichte der italienischen Militärinternierten 1943-1945"
1 p.m.Curator's guided tour "Verlorenes Gedächtnis? Orte der NS-Zwangsarbeit in der Tschechischen Republik"
3 p.m.Guided Tour "Alltag Zwangsarbeit 1938-1945"


All offers are of course free of charge and without registration. We are looking forward to your visit.


22 May 2019 | 7 p.m.

Book Presentation
Brunello Mantelli: Italian Workers in Nazi Germany

The anthology deals with the work done by Italians for the German Reich between 1943 and 1945. Voluntary work" became coercion.

Hundreds of thousands of Italian men and women worked for the German Reich during the Second World War - initially as recruited workers who came to Germany through bilateral agreements, later as forced laborers. Only after the war were they able to return home.

The fate of this group of victims is little known and has now been investigated as part of a comprehensive Italian research project. Several historians researched the "blackmail" of Italian workers in various regions of Italy and published their results in a two-volume work.

6  June 2019 | 7 p.m.
Natascha Wodin "Irgendwo in diesem Dunkel"

"The story of a girl who lives as the daughter of former forced laborers in post-war Germany - mistrustfully eyed and shunned by the Germans, full of longing to finally be a part of them - is told in retrospect, starting with the death of her father in a German old people's home. His life, which began during the Russian tsarist era and spanned almost the entire 20th century, has always remained a secret for his daughter. Somewhere in this darkness, behind all the silence, she searches for the key to understanding. An outrageous story of placelessness and homelessness, told in the clear language of Natascha Wodin, who strives for objectivity and yet is carried by emotion and poetry, which is unparalleled". (Source: Publisher)

Reading:  Natascha Wodin, born in 1945 as the child of Soviet forced laborers in Fürth, Bavaria, first grew up in German DP camps, then, after the early death of her mother, in a Catholic girls' home. Her debut novel "Die gläserne Stadt", published in 1983, was followed by several publications, including the novels "Die Ehe" and "Nachgeschwister".

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