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On June 22, 1941, the German Reich invaded the Soviet Union. In this war, the occupying power committed unprecedented crimes against Soviet prisoners of war and the civilian population. Photographs play a central role in the memory of this war.

As supposedly objective sources, they continue to shape visual memory to this day. In addition to the photographs of professional photojournalists, there is also a broad tradition of amateur photographs.

These include the photographs of Albert Dieckmann (1896-1982) from the collection of the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst. When the doctor, husband and father of three children was transferred as a staff officer to the Soviet territories conquered by the Wehrmacht shortly before, in early July 1941, he took his camera and color films with him. Until his return to the German Reich in the summer of 1942, he took many photographs in occupied Belarus, Russia and Poland.

On the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union, on June 22, 2023, the museum opened the exhibition "What Do Photographs Tell?". Albert Dieckmann's Images from Occupied Eastern Europe 1941/42." The exhibition shows for the first time a large number of the pictures of this ambitious amateur photographer, classifies them multi-perspectively and questions them critically. The aim is to illuminate the context in which these extraordinary color photographs were taken and, at the same time, to sharpen the source-critical view of photographs.

(Program in German)
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Price info: Museum entry free. Fee for participating in the guided tour is 5 € / reduced 2 € per person.

Booking: To participate in a guided tour, please register in advance, by e-mail to or by phone at 030 - 501 508 10.