Special Exhibition

In the Cellars of Berlin

Underground armament production of the Telefunken company in the war years 1944/45

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.


Thomas Irmer

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.

Travelling exhibition

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

How to reach us

Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit
Barrack 5

Britzer Straße 5
12439 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0)30 6390 288 0
Email: schoeneweide(at)topographie.de

Public Transportation

Opening Hours

Currently closed due to pandemic

Tue - Su 10 am - 6 pm

closing days
24 und 31  December

Admission is free

The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

The exhibition was funded by: