Former prisoners‘ kitchen, 2009

 

what remains

The Aftermath of the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp

Under this title the memorial of the Flossenbürg concentration camp opened a new permanent exhibition on October 10, 2010 in the former kitchen building of the concentration camp. Thus, for the first time an exhibition was dedicated to the complex consequences of the Nazi concentration camp. The aftermath of the concentration camp of Flossenbürg is embedded in the history of the place since the end of the Second World War and until today. Therefore, the history of the concentration camp goes far beyond just Flossenbürg, and is representative of many places.

The exhibition “what remains – The Aftermath of the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp” deals with four key questions:

What happened to the site? How and by whom was the former concentration camp changed, as well as the subcamps and the sites of the death marches?

How did the survivors process the grief and loss? How could they start a new life, what motivated them to pass on their fate as witnesses?

How were the perpetrators punished for their crimes? How did the German society deal with the guilt and responsibility?

In what way did the memory develop in Flossenbürg? Who bears the memory and which groups have been forgotten?

These four key questions are answered in a narrative that is chronologically ordered. The chronology is divided into seven time periods, which were chosen for being historical turning points and receptions of concrete historical events:

Threshold Situation Liberation
(Spring 1945)

Transition and Reorganization
(Summer 1945 – 1950)

Termination and Integration
(1950 – 1958)

Repression and Forgettfulness
(1958 – 1969)

Selective Memory
(1970 – 1979)

Controversial Rediscovery
(1980 – 1995)

Legacy
(1996 – 2010)

 

 

Former prisoners’ kitchen, 1959<br>(Association de Flossenbürg, Paris)
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