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Exhibition "Order and Annihilation – The Police and the Nazi Regime" in German Historical Museum

Within the exhibition at German Historical Museum, the treatment of forced laborers by the German police is adressed, too - amongst other sources, with interview excerpts from the online archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945".

News from Aug 01, 2011

From April 1 to August 28, 2011, German Historical Museum and the German Police University show the exhibition "Order and Annihilation – The Police and the Nazi Regime". It analyzes the police as a central instrument of rule for the Nazi regime.

Not only the Gestapo, but also all other branches of the German police took part in the terror against the political and ideological opponents of the Nazi state, at first within the German Reich and then from the outbreak of the war in 1939 in all of the territories overrun by the Wehrmacht. The police played a decisive role in the murder of European Jews, but also in the persecution of resistance groups fighting against the Nazi occupation regimes and in the abduction of civilians to be used as forced labour in German wartime industry.

Who were these men, and a few women, in the German police who pursued the political and ideological opponents of National Socialism and in the end were often involved in their murder? Who refused to carry out the criminal orders?

Together with many pictures and documents from different archives, the exhibition also shows a media station with interview excerpts from the online archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945". The media station was developed by the Center for Digital Systems at Freie Universität Berlin.

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