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German websites of interest

Spirit of Remembrance wishes to present German websites relating to Remembrance & Peace.  Should the following links open in German please either click on the British flag or accept the Google translation service.

 

Aachen, Germany

Paths against forgetting

Since 1994, individual people, political parties, associations and other groups were contacting the Council and the administration of the city with the desire to erect plaques and a central memorials for the victims of the Nazi dictatorship in Aachen. 
In October 1996 the Council of the City of Aachen took unanimously adopted a joint request from the groups of the CDU, SPD and Greens, "ways against forgetting" by the Aachen.  This website explains what has already been achieved

 

Berlin, Germany

The German War Graves Commission main website

The Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V. is a humanitarian organization which is charged by the Federal Republic of taking care of registering the German war dead abroad and to ensuring that it is updated and monitored. The German Public Alliance advises relatives of war grave care, supervises public and private sites, supports international cooperation and assists within the sector of war grave care and fostering the engagement of young people in the last resting-place of the war-dead.

 

The German Resistance Memorial Center

A centre of remembrance, political studies, active learning, documentation, and research. An extensive permanent exhibition, a series of temporary special exhibitions, events, and a range of publications document and illustrate resistance to National Socialism. The center's goal is to show how individual persons and groups took action against the National Socialist dictatorship from 1933 to 1945 and made use of what freedom of action they had.

The German Resistance Memorial Center Foundation also administers the 

 

The Plötzensee Memorial Center 

This centre commemorates the victims of National Socialism is a site of quiet remembrance. From 1933 to 1945, nearly three thousand people unjustly sentenced to death by the National Socialist judiciary were executed here. Today, the execution chamber is a memorial. The exhibition in the room adjoining it documents the practice of the National Socialist judicial and penal system. This website displays the fourteen panels of the documents exhibition shown in the Plötzensee Memorial Center.

 

 

 

Museum Otto Weidt' s Workshop for the Blind 

The Blind Museum Otto Weidt tells the story of the blind Otto Weidt. Here the manufacturer Otto Weidt employed mainly during the Second World War blind and deaf Jews. They produced brooms and brushes.

Various life stories of Otto Weidt's efforts to protect his Jewish workers from persecution and deportation. When the threat was growing, he was looking for some of them hiding. One of them was located in the premises of the museum.

 

 

 

Silent Heroes Memorial Centre

commemorates individuals who helped persecuted Jews during the National Socialist dictatorship. The example of the helpers often described as "silent heroes" shows that it was possible to save persecuted people in Nazi Germany. Even in the German-occupied territories, a number of Germans still found the courage to help as far as they could, despite the risk involved.

The permanent exhibition shows the persecution and the desperate situation of Jews facing the threat of deportation, how some of them decided to resist the threat to their lives by going underground, as well as the actions and motivations of the men and women who helped them. It documents not only successes in saving Jews, but also attempts that failed.

 

 

 

Berlin Underworld Museum

One of the goals of the Berlin Underworlds Association is to offer the public the possibility to have a broad look into our city’s underground. With this in mind we rented the “Bunker B” in the Gesundbrunnen underground station from the BVG (Berlin Transit Authority). Because of the structures authenticity and good condition – for Berlin’s standards, we were able to have this historical site listed as a protected structure in 1999. Since then, our members have volunteered a total of around 10,000 hours into its reconstruction and refurbishment. All costs have been carried by the association, without public support.

In line with our goals, we have used these rooms, which stretch out over four subterranean levels, to set up our “Berlin Underworlds Museum”. Under this name we were able to take part in the “Long Night of the Museums” for the first time in 2005. Our exhibition, which is continuously being added to and improved, deals with the development of Berlin from an underground perspective. The main focus, however, is civil defence in the Second World War, the effects of bomb war and modern archaeological finds of the twentieth century. Further rooms deal with the removal of rubble from the streets in the post-war period, and another with story of a card catalogue of forced labourers that was discovered by members of the association in a forgotten bunker in the year 2000. As a result of our investigations a number of former forced labourers were able to receive reparation money.

West Wall Museum

 

General websites of interest

 

The Working Group Network for North-Rhine

In many places, North Rhine-Westphalia are engaged in wide variety of institutions in addition, full-time and voluntary staff / inside-in in the examination of the history of National Socialism.

The memorials, documentation centers, meeting places and places of learning traces, ask about the fate of the persecuted and critically explore the actions of the offender on the spot.Plays both the local and the regional level a role.

Against this historical backdrop, the memorials are now making not only a contribution to research, but also to education and meeting people of different backgrounds, generations and nations.

In 1995, the working group of the memorials to the victims of National Socialism founded in NRW eVAs a network it today bundles the activities of the institutions and creates public - for example, for the interests of victims or relatives of victims of terror and tyranny.

The Working Group consists of the following memorials: Memorial for the Victims of National Socialism Bonner - At the synagogue eV , Bonn; Jewish Museum Westphalia, Dorsten; Memorial stone guard, Dortmund; Former synagogue Drensteinfurt; Memorial Dusseldorf; Old Synagogue Essen; Documentation center "Gelsenkirchen in National Socialism"; Memorial Stalag VI A Hemer; Cellblock at City Hall Memorial, documentation and meeting place, Herford; Nazi documentation center in the EL-DE Haus of Cologne; Learning and Remembrance Yavne, Cologne; NS -Documentation Centre Villa Merländer, Krefeld; Documentation and meeting Frenkel house, Lemgo; Ge thinking cells Altes Rathaus, Lüdenscheid; Villa ten Hompel, Münster; Memorial Hall Oberhausen Castle; Old Synagogue, Peter Hagen; Memorial "rural Jews in the victory," Rosbach; Old Synagogue, Selm-Bork; Active Museum South Westphalia Siegen; French chapel of Oflag VI A, the Colonel BEM Adam Barracks, Soest; Documentation site of Stalag 326, Stukenbrock senna; Wewelsburg District Museum, Büren-Wewelsburg & Meeting Old Synagogue Wuppertal

 

Third Reich Ruins  by Geoff Walden

This website presents photos of historical sites associated with Germany's Third Reich (1933-1945), both as they appeared while in use and as the remains appear today.  These photos give a "then and now" perspectiv, in many cases a virtual tour of the sites.  Geoff was originally inspired to write this website by a collection of photos taken by his father, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt Delbert T.Walden, when he was stationed in Germany in 1945-1946.

 

 

Memorial Wewelsburg 1933-1945

The memorial and memorial Wewelsburg 1933-1945 provides comprehensive information on the history of the Schutzstaffel (SS) of the NSDAP. At the same time the victim here the SS violence is thought. We invite you, the permanent exhibition "ideology and terror of the SS" in the former SS guard at the building to visit castle forecourt. On the following pages you will find all information about the history of the Wewelsburg 1933-1945 and to visit the memorial.

 

The Obersalzberg Documentation is the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich - Berlin on behalf of the State of Bavaria designed and supervised learning and remembrance. It provides the historical site the opportunity to engage with the history of Obersalzberg and the history of National Socialism. In addition to the permanent exhibition, this is done with changing exhibitions, lectures and events, and an extensive training program. The Obersalzberg Documentation is thus the historical terms with the Nazi past. Obersalzberg, Hitler's holiday home since 1923, was expanded in 1933 to the second seat of government next to Berlin. In contrast to comparable institutions (concentration camp memorial sites, holocaust museums, Nazi documentation centers) and temporary Nazi exhibitions, the documentation is limited, therefore not on the local history and sections of historical reality, but combines the history of the Obersalzberg mountain with a view of the central manifestations of the Nazi dictatorship.

 

Concentration Camp Memorial Mittelbau-Dora

Mittelbau-Dora has become both a historic museum and historical scene. Mittelbau-Dora a place of mourning and remembrance for the victims. Induction into his memorial concept of covenant has acknowledged in 1999 the special nationwide and international significance of the memorial site Mittelbau-Dora. Their historical significance according to the memorial has since been completely redesigned after decades of neglect. Core of the new design, the new building of the museum Mittelbau-Dora, for the 2005 60th Anniversary of the liberation camp was inaugurated and in the period since September 2006, an exhibition will be shown on the camp's history, which presents Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp as a case of forced labor.

 

The Prora documentation centre

The foundation “NEUE KULTUR” had been working on the former seaside resort since 1992. The foundation’s concern was to maintain Prora as a historical monument and to develop and utilize it in an appropriate way to its historical importance and current regional requirements. It was supported by the European Union and closely cooperates with renowned scientists and institutions both from Germany and abroad.
The foundation opened the documentation centre in 2000 in order to close a gap in Germany‘s memorial landscape. In 2012 the Society Documentation Centre Prora took over the documentation centre from the foundation “NEUE KULTUR”. The society was founded by the Society of Friends of the Documentation Centre Prora.

The centre currently offers the permanent exhibition MACHTUrlaub, a competent and scientific exhibition about the construction history of the complex and its political background. The exhibition meets the information needs of the public and provides them with the necessary critical information about the history of the complex. Lectures, discussions and, above all, special exhibitions on history, architecture, environment, the arts and politics will bring cultural life to the complex.

Please let us know if you know of any other websites regarding the First or Second World War in  Germany



 

 

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