A converted sea container, short animated films, and a modern website: A grant from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media has made it possible to expand the #StolenMemory campaign in 2020 by adding a traveling exhibition complete with accompanying program.

The number of projects connected with the #StolenMemory campaign is growing all the time. In June 2020, we are launching a traveling exhibition under the Federal Government Commissioner’s funding program to promote culture in rural areas. The exhibition focuses on personal items belonging to former concentration camp prisoners which are displayed on posters and are used to to illustrate the life stories of victims of Nazi persecution.

Since the beginning of the campaign in 2016, the Arolsen Archives have returned a few hundred of these personal effects to the families of victims of Nazi persecution. The items that have been returned are of immeasurable value to the families concerned. They make remembering and remembrance more tangible and are often the last remaining traces of the victims. The Arolsen Archives still have almost 2,800 envelopes with personal possessions belonging to people from more than 30 different countries.  These items are not part of the archival holdings, but are waiting to be returned to the families.

The exhibition uses posters to tell the stories of victims of Nazi persecution and encourage people to join in the search for their relatives. The main component of the traveling exhibition is a mobile converted sea container whose sidewalls can fold out to provide space for the posters.

The exhibition is accompanies by an augmented reality app that enables visitors to access video portraits of individual relatives and hear their personal stories. A supplementary website displays many other effects from the Arolsen Archives, and short animated films narrate the individual fates of their former owners. The website also provides educational materials and information on the route of the traveling exhibition, and documents individual stops.

The exhibition is easily accessible and is suitable for all age groups. Cooperative projects with local institutions, such as schools and associations, are also possible. For example, school pupils can work with biographies and documents and can search for the traces of relatives.

Are you interested?

The new traveling exhibition will visit at least 20 different German towns and villages which have less than 20,000 inhabitants. If you would like to show the exhibition in your town or if you can put us in touch with the appropriate town council, please contact us at: pr@arolsen-archives.org