7 December 2020 - 25 July 2021
A largely unknown chapter of Berlin's urban history is the underground relocation of arms production at the end of the war in 1944 / 1945. The exhibition "In the Cellars" is now dedicated to this topic using the example of the Telefunken company, which operated the largest German vacuum tube factory in Sickingenstraße in Moabit.
From 1944, parts of the vacuum tube production were moved from Sickingenstraße in Moabit to three large brewery cellars in Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg, as well as to an underground tunnel near the Reichstag. The female name Lore was intended to camouflage the underground facilities:
Lore 1 - today's Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg.
Lore 2 - Bock Brewery, Fidicinstraße 3, Kreuzberg
Lore 3 - Königstadt Brewery, Saarbrücker Straße 24, Prenzlauer Berg
Lore 4 - Underground tunnel, Reichstag, Mitte
The exhibition goes on a search for traces of these four historical places. Themes include the conversion of brewery cellars into armament factories, the role of forced labour and the conflict over whether the cellars should be used for the protection of the civilian population or for armament production.
Without the high-tech product electron tubes, it would not have been possible to operate radio and radar systems, jamming transmitters or radio controls for rockets.
After the presentation at the Documentation Centre Nazi Forced Labour, the exhibition will go on tour. Subject to current developments in the Corona pandemic, it is also planned to show it at the historical locations, in the Berlin breweries mentioned above.
Political scientist, historian and curator
Thomas Irmer researches the history of the AEG/Telefunken company and the electrical industry during the Nazi era. In further research and publications, he deals with the topic of Nazi forced labour and the history of total institutions (concentration camp system, workhouse).
Dr. Bernhard Kohlenbach
Art historian, historian and monument conservator
Between 1993 and 2019, Bernhard Kohlenbach was a staff member at the Berlin State Monuments Office, responsible among other things for the Berlin monument topographies and the recording of monuments from the Nazi era and the post-war period. He publishes mainly on monument conservation and the history of Berlin.
The exhibition consists of eight panels that can be displayed both indoors and outdoors. A stable support system is available.
Information can be obtained from Thomas Irmer: 0151/64507809
Currently closed due to pandemic
Tue - Su 10 am - 6 pm
24 und 31 December
Admission is free
The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.