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Interventions_2024: Forced Labor in Full Public View

Artist interventions transport the history of forced labor under the Nazis into the space in a pointed manner. People who were turned into forced laborers by the Germans are given a presence in the midst of our everyday lives. At the same time, the project confronts the racist codes and regulations of the Nazis. Together with the Weimar artist Anke Heelemann we developed interventions from elements of our permanent exhibition.

Art creates encounters with the past

The art project brings historical documents into the public sphere in an unusual and both digital and analogue way. It provides spontaneous, direct confrontations with the past—and with the topic of forced labor under National Socialism—in the midst of everyday life. The project aims to surprise people and raise questions, inspiring curiosity and an interest in history.

Private photographs made by forced laborers during their time in Nazi Germany form the core of these interventions. Young people present themselves with confidence and vitality. The way that they recount their memories and their dedications on the back of the photographs or sometimes their messages in the photographs themselves ground the seemingly harmless images in their specific context and reveal the conditions of forced labor in Germany.

The relationship between Germany and the forced laborers was shaped by the racism of National Socialism. This is reflected in the comprehensive rules and regulations that the Nazi authorities implemented in all spheres of life. The interventions transfer some of these regulations as “disruptors” into public space, especially in contexts where they would have applied in everyday life during the Nazi period: on public transportation, in the city realm, in cultural institutions, at work, and in leisure contexts.


We already have many supporters who are providing space for us to present the fates of forced laborers and who are helping to make visible the everyday, systematic racism of the Nazi period. They provide space in their publications, websites, venues, and postcard stands, on social media or city amenities, on buses, in railways stations, and at bus stations.

Working together with many others, we are making an appeal to our common social responsibility—timelier than ever—to take a stand against marginalization and support the respect for human dignity and unalienable human rights.

Every form of support enhances the reach of the project and this joint message.

If you would like to join our efforts, please contact us!

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our supporters:

Thuringian State Parliament

City of Weimar

Stadtwerke Weimar Stadtversorgungs-GmbH

Stadtwirtschaft Weimar GmbH

weimar GmbH

Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar GmbH

University Library, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Youth, Culture and Education Centre, mon ami

City Cinema at mon ami

Lichthaus Kino

Gaswerk Weimar e.V.

BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN, State Parliaent Faction, Thuringia

Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) – Stamm Verlag GmbH

Lesezirkel-Medien-Palette GmbH & Co.KG, Niederlassung Apolda

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