Persons interested in this travelling exhibition (German or English version) please contact:

Torsten Heß

Phone: +49 (0)3631 495 815
Fax: +49 (0)3631 495 813

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Exhibition banner and display case. Foto: Claus Bach

Forced Labour for the “Final Victory”: Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp, 1943–1945

Travelling exhibition of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation

In 2009, a travelling exhibition on forced labour in the final phase of World War II was conceived by the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial.

The presentation consists of large-scale poster banners introducing the history of forced labour and underground armament production with the aid of images, brief explanatory texts and passages from reports by former concentration camp inmates.

The exhibition is designed adolescents (age 15 and older) and adults.

Main Focuses

The exhibition offers a striking overview of the history of Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp and an in-depth investigation of forced labour by concentration camps, with special focuses on:

  • the establishment, function and dissolution of Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp
  • the aftermath (judicial handling, post-war biographies of perpetrators and victims, history of the memorial)

The chief emphases of the travelling exhibition are:

  • Forced labour by concentration camp inmates, the inmates’ lives and deaths
  • various forms of perpetration and complicity

Thematic and Biographical Conception

Thematic modules:

  • provide means of visualization with the aid of numerous documents, historical photos, excerpts from reports written from memory
  • and include brief introductory texts creating and explaining the historical context

Biographical modules:

  • give brief biographies of inmates and perpetrators
  • make the wide spectrum of Nazi persecution policies tangible
  • broaden the viewer’s perspective through portrayals of engineers, managers, scientists and Wehrmacht soldiers in the form of perpetrators’ biographies

Having been newly composed by the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial in 2009, the travelling exhibition takes into account the current status of historical research.