Diversity Destroyed - Berlin before and after 1933

Festival & set of events

Diversity Destroyed - Berlin before and after 1933

Event Highlight
Lustgarten, in front of the Altes Museum – © Kulturprojekte Berlin/Christian Kielmann
Gilberto Bosques Anfang der 1940er Jahre in Marseille – © Archiv Laura Bosques, Mexico D.F.
Themenjahr 2013: Zerstörte Vielfalt – © Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH
Joachim Ringelnatz: Herbstgang, 1929 (Detail) – © erloschen, Foto: Kai-Annett Becker
Kurz nach dem „Anschluss“: Die Aufnahme vom 22. März 1938 zeigt österreichische Soldaten in Berlin mit der Berliner Illustrierten Nachtausgabe – © Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Scherl
Seifenblasentheater – © Promo/puppen. etc
Rosenstraße – © visitBerlin
Elisabeth Bergner, aus dem Film „Julie“, 1924 – © bpk

Berlin is characterised by a wide-ranging diversity of different ways of living. This environment creates fertile ground for ideas and projects not only in art and on the stage but also equally in the cityscape and daily life. This Berlin diversity reached its zenith in the 1920s – before Hitler came to power in 1933 and almost immediately enacted his Gleichschaltung “Enabling Law”, heralding the onset of the Nazi dictatorship of enforced conformity.

In memory of the unimaginable extent and fatal consequences of this tyranny, the Theme Year “Zerstörte Vielfalt – Berlin in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus” (Diversity destroyed – Berlin during the Nazi period) has been launched, which from 30th January to 9th November 2013 will include events everywhere in the city. The two dates refer to the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s accession to power, which took place on 30th January 1933 and the Novemberpogrome/Reichskristallnacht, (Night of Broken Glass) on 9th - 10th November 1938.

A variety of projects will deal with everyday life in Berlin in this period during the Nazi dictatorship. How was it possible for the regime to enforce its will in such a cosmopolitan and liberal working-class city like Berlin? What other groups of the population – besides citizens of the Jewish faith – also became victims of exclusion and persecution? How was this heritage dealt with in post-war Berlin, and what traces of this dreadful period still remain in the cityscape?

As part of this Theme Year, the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) , is providing an overview of the many events taking place all over Berlin with its major portal exhibition Berlin im Nationalsozialismus (AT) (Berlin under the Nazi regime), and will put the various thematic topics into their historical context. Admittance is free of charge.

In addition, there will be numerous other exhibitions, research results and examinations, play readings, based on private letters, for the purpose of providing some insight into the daily life of that period of history. There will also be films, confronting contemporary witnesses with young Berliners.

Furthermore, markings and historical markers at many places in the city will throw up questions to the public. All of this will serve to increase the public awareness of a dark chapter of German history in today’s society as well as demonstrating how important and worthy of protection the much acclaimed diversity of Berlin – again today a trademark of the city on the Spree – then was and indeed still is today.

Please click here to find a selection of projects and events on the occasion of the Theme Year.

To Event Calendar Verschiedene Orte from 01/30/2013 to 11/09/2013


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