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75 years of airlift

In 2023/24, the important event of the “Airlift”, which is closely linked to the history of Berlin, will be celebrated for the 75th time. To mark this occasion, three contemporary history museums in Berlin - the Berlin-Gatow Airfield Military History Museum, the Berlin Allied Museum and the Berlin-Karlshorst Museum - have jointly organized an open-air exhibition at Tempelhof Airport. Not only does this place have central importance in the history of the city and the airlift, but it will also celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023.



The exhibition shows the entire period of the Berlin blockade 75 years ago. Although the story of the airlift's success and achievement is well known, the exhibition expands that perspective.


It raises questions such as: Why did the blockade and airlift happen in 1948? What political decisions did the Western Allies and the Soviet Union make as victorious powers and occupiers in the first post-war years with regard to Germany and Berlin? What connection is there between the blockade and airlift and the division of the city? How did the residents of Berlin experience this time? And what role does the airlift play in Berliners’ culture of remembrance?


The exhibition answers these questions in four chapters: "Blocked Winners", "Divided Berlin", "Airlift" and "Myth and Memory". It is presented in four languages: German, English, French and Russian, and there is a handout in Ukrainian.


The events accompanying the exhibition take place as part of Tempelhof Projekt GmbH's THFXSCHICHTE event series under the name THFXLUFTBRÜCKE.


The exhibition is a cooperation between the Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr Airport Gatow, the Allied Museum Berlin and the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst.


Admission to the exhibition is free. It is accessible at all times.
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Dates
April 2024
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