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Gulag: Traces and Testimonies 1929–1956

15.06.2012 | Friday | Udostępnij na Facebooku

An exhibition of the “Memorial” Society, Moscow and the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation in cooperation with the Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

1 May 2012 to 24 June 2012, exhibition hall of the Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation

20 August 2012 to 21 October 2012, Schiller Museum in Weimar

The exhibition is the first in Germany to present relics of and testimonies to the Soviet camp system collected by the “Memorial” human rights organization all over the former Soviet Union from the 1980s to the present.

The exhibition project seeks answers to the following question: How can the Gulag – a penal camp system already described by its contemporaries as the “quintessence” of Soviet tyranny – be described, how can it be comprehended in all of its dimensions? Voices of people who experienced it first-hand and biographies of former inmates accompany visitors on their exploration of this remote archipelago and create a panorama of the Soviet camp system.

Objects from the “Memorial” holdings – for example a makeshift bread pouch, a tattered dress or a metal grave tag – make the everyday lives of the camp inmates tangible. The exhibition website presents a selection of significant objects and biographies.