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About the Museum of Forced Labour

Located in the heart of Weimar, our museum is an institution of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau Dora Memorials Foundation. In addition to these two memorial sites, the Museum is the Foundation's third site dedicated to historical and political education.

Ansicht des ehemaligen Gauforums mit dem Turm, der bald Schriftzug "Museum Zwangsarbeit" trägt (hier: Fotomontage)

Tower of the former Gauforum with the future museum lettering. Photo: Claus Bach, photo montage: gewerk design © Museum Zwangsarbeit im Nationalsozialismus

The permanent exhibition at our museum is based on the international touring exhibition "Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers, and the War," which was made possible by funds from the Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future Foundation (EVZ).

The opening of the Museum as a third site for historical-political education by the Buchenwald and Mittelbau Dora Memorials Foundation transports the work of the Foundation into the heart of society in the city of Weimar. Here, we wish to establish the Museum as an important partner for other city, cultural, and museum institutions and help shape a way of living together that is based on an awareness for history, democratic principles, and an openness to the world.

From our perspective, the topic of Forced Labor is especially well suited to demonstrating how the crimes of the Nazis were rooted in society and what parallels exist in relation to the present. The forced labor of 12 million people in the German Reich during the war took place largely in the public eye and in the midst of German society. Encounters between Germans and forced laborers in the workplace and in public space were an everyday occurrence. Racism and the marginalization of forced laborer were not hidden from any German’s view.

Over the last few years, various experts have taken part in discussions about forced labor, marginalization, and racism as part of the discussion format "In Gesellschaft." A central question was how forced labor under the Nazis relates to us. How can we meet our social responsibility toward the crimes of forced labor? To what extent are questions that we have about forced labor also relevant today?

In addition, the interventions that we developed together with Weimar artist Anke Heelemann for the opening of the museum offer confrontations with the topic of forced labor in everyday situations and in surprising and disconcerting ways. Who were the forced laborers and in what environment do they have to live in Germany? Do we recognize things from their private photographs and in the rules and provisions that determined their everyday lives?

These are the kind of questions we wish to pursue in our work with the permanent collection and also in the city space of Weimar, identifying the traces of forced labor under the Nazis.

Team und Kontakt

Portraitaufnahme von Dr. Daniel Logemann

Dr. Daniel Logemann

Director of the Museum


+49 (0)3643 430 249 

Studied Eastern European history, Polish literature, and Southeast European studies in Jena, Lublin, and Cracow, 2007 M.A., 2010 doctorate, 2010–2015 research associate and curator in the Museum of the Second World Ar in Gdańsk, 2015–2018 scientific director, "Europäisches Kolleg Jena: Das 20. Jahrhundert und seine Repräsentationen", since 2018 research associate of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation

Portrait of Dr. Dorothee Schlüter

Dr. Dorothee Schlüter

Strategic Communication and Public Relations


+49 (0)3643 430 138

Studied cultural, literary, and media sciences in Siegen, Frankfurt (Oder), and Santiago de Chile, 2006 B.A., 2010 M.A., 2013 doctorate, 2013–2014 research associate with Espacio Patrimonio (NGO: Advanced Studies in Cultural Heritage) in Santiago de Chile, 2016–2018 associate in the programme department (culture programmes and social media) at the Goethe-Institut Chile, since 2019 research associate of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation (...)

Kim-Eileen Sommerer

Educational Advisor 


+49 (0)3643 430 186

Portrait photograph of Karoline Wirth

Karoline Wirth

Educational Advisor


+49 (0)3643 430 187

Kathleen Böttcher

Administration Associate 


+49 (0)3643 430 135

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