Sunday, 17 February 2013

Destroyed Diversity. Berlin 1933-1938 Exhibition

It has been 80 years since Adolf Hitler came into power in Germany. To mark the occasion, Berlin is holding a programme of exhibitions, lectures, art installations, and events that document and examine the Nazi period.

The exhibition, called Berlin 1933 – Road to dictatorship, opened last week at the Topography of Terror documentation centre in Germany’s capital.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, highlighted society’s need to rise above the state of complacent tolerance that passively allowed the Nazis to take power in Germany during the opening ceremony.

The centre where the exhibition is being held is already a popular memorial site in the city and once held the Secret State Polices’ headquarters as well as the central institution for the Nazi reign during the Second World War.

In addition to Berlin 1933 – Road to dictatorship, the German Historical Museum opened up a new exhibition in conjunction with the City of Berlin. The display features pop-up columns, or urban memorials, at various points of reference throughout the city which include a number of large portraits, biographies, timelines, and the historical back-story of 1930s and 40s Berlin.

This exhibition is called Diversity Destroyed Berlin 1933, 1938, 1945, and runs right through until the 10th November this year. The closing date marks the anniversary of “The Night of Broken Glass” which took place on the 9th and 10th November 1983 and saw organised violence break out against Jews across the Reich.

Berlin 1933 – Road to dictatorship takes places until 9th November.