On the death of Vera Friedländer

On October 25, 2019, Vera Friedländer died at the age of 91. The National Socialists had persecuted the Berlin woman as a "half-Jew". At the age of 16 she had to do forced labor in various companies, including a shoe repair shop of the Salamander company in Kreuzberg.

Later, the Germanist became involved and emeritus professor for the reappraisal of forced labor. This year she visited the Documentation Centre for Nazi Forced Labor again and talked to young people about her history of persecution.

Mrs. Friedländer's voice will be missing. She understood that people listened to her and thought about her words. We, employees of the Documentation Centre, were also influenced by her visits.

 

GE-SCHICHTE_N. A participative installation by Jolanda Todt

21  August - 27 October 2019

The installation GE-SCHICHTE_N by the artist Jolanda Todt invites visitors to look at the German occupation of Poland 1939-1945 - literally touching history. The artwork consists of 60 concrete panels on which various materials have been applied: modern photographs, historical documents, and excerpts from a contemporary witness interview. Each concrete slab opens up a different approach to history. The fragments can combine with individual prior knowledge and associations. Only by carefully analysing the materials can visitors learn that the spread of history also conceals a personal story. The more visitors deal with the material, the narrower the framework within which the information can be interpreted.