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The Museum Berlin-Karlshorst focuses on the presentation and research of the history of the Second World War and in particular the end of the war in Europe. It is located in the building where the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht was signed on May 8, 1945. The museum offers an impressive collection of exhibits, documents and artefacts that provide an insightful and vivid account of the events of this period.



PROGRAM



10 a.m. – 8 p.m

The museum and the exhibition rooms are open for individual visits


11 a.m. and 5 p.m

Architectural tour (45 min.): Building history and world history - The house at the end of Rheinsteinstrasse

The history of the building at the end of Rheinsteinstraße begins in 1935 with the construction of a larger group of buildings for the Wehrmacht. In 1945, the former officers' mess of the fortress pioneer school, which was almost undamaged, becomes the scene of the unconditional surrender to the victorious powers. Various Soviet occupation authorities move to the Karlshorst district. In 1967 the house was used as a museum building. The Soviet Army sets up the "Surrender Museum". In 1995 the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst was created. The usage phases of the house are visible in numerous places. Above all, the traces of the Soviet culture of remembrance are impressively preserved.


12 p.m. and 4 p.m

The Karlshorster airfield - military base since 1916

In cooperation with History Friends Karlshorst, you can explore the exciting history of aviation in Karlshorst around the listed aircraft hangars. The tour starts and ends in front of the museum.


3 p.m

Curator tour (60 min.) with Dr. Babette Quinkert through the current special exhibition “What do photographs tell? Albert Dieckmann's Pictures from Occupied Eastern Europe 1941/42".

In the war against the Soviet Union, the occupying power committed unprecedented crimes against Soviet prisoners of war and the civilian population. Photographs play a central role in remembering this war. In addition to the photos of the professional photo reporters, there is also a wide tradition of amateur recordings. This also applies to the color photos of Wehrmacht doctor Albert Dieckmann (1896-1982), which the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst is showing for the first time in this exhibition, classifying them from multiple perspectives and critically examining them. Graphic novel elements link the compilation of photos, document and letter quotations, key questions and exhibition texts.


6 p.m
District tour (90 min.): Secret Karlshorst. Searching for clues in the former Soviet restricted area

During the Cold War, Berlin-Karlshorst was an important decision-making center for the Soviet troops and occupation forces stationed in East Germany. After the end of the war in May 1945, Karlshorst became a restricted area for the Soviet Union. The Soviet military administration, secret services and, for example, the Berlin Brigade resided here. Later came the Stasi and the border control for the Berlin Wall. The district tour leads to the former locations of secret and military facilities on Zwieseler Strasse, Arberstrasse, Bodenmaiser Weg and on Köpenicker Allee.


8 p.m

Open-air film screening: "Mysterious places - Little Moscow in Karlshorst" and subsequent discussion with the director Christian Klemke


The Soviet occupiers called their strictly shielded restricted area "Karlowka". From their center of power on the outskirts of Berlin, they controlled their zone of occupation and later the government of the GDR. The secret services of the KGB and GRU, which planned and controlled their activities in the GDR and FRG from Karlshorst, were also located in the restricted area. The documentary "Mysterious Places - Little Moscow in Karlshorst" impressively shows how the Soviet military administration and the secret services shaped the district for almost 50 years. The film shows the traces of this time with rare footage. In addition, former occupiers and the residents of Karlshorst have their say. In a subsequent discussion with Grimme Prize winner Christian Klemke, the Karlshorst Museum will discuss how history can be captured in images and film.

If you want to take part in the film screening at 8 p.m., please register at kontakt(at)museum-karlshorst.de

You do not need to register to take part in the guided tours.

Participation in the guided tours and the film evening is free of charge.
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