Special Exhibition

You will find the interventions at the end of the permanent exhibition "Forced Labour in the Daily Round 1938-1945" in Barrack 2.

"...because the cabinet of the French is standing in our basement."

A simple object as tangible memory

01 March - 7 August 2022 (extended)

"Then they built a sturdy cabinet for our air-raid shelter that could take a thud. Miraculously, it survived all those years, even after the war, disassembled, in the deep of the night, it secretly crossed over to West-Berlin on the S-Bahn and is now standing in our basement in Spandau."
Rosemarie Erdmann: Die andere Seite des Triftweges (1938), www.kindheit-und-politik.de

The wooden cabinet was built by French prisoners of war. They had to do forced labour in Lichtenberg and were housed in the factory building. Rosemarie Erdmann (*1929 née Heinze) lived in the neighbouring house with her family. Her father Paul Heinze was a machine foreman in the factory.

Some of the French forced labourers built this wooden cupboard for the family's air-raid shelter.

Rosemarie kept the cupboard for decades until her death in 2015 and wrote in her memoirs: "But one thing I know for sure! My story was not a bad dream, because the French closet is in our cellar."