German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Former officers’ mess of Pioneer School 1, Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, 2001

The surrender room in the Museum
Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

"Photo-Military Mail" exhibit in the temporary display area
Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Photo: Eva-Maria Heise

German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

After the German-Soviet agreement on the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Germany, both sides together decided already in 1990 to jointly commemorate at this location the historic event which ended World War II and Nazi rule. The painful meaning this war had for both countries led to the so far unique establishment of a museum in which former wartime enemies jointly recall the war. The museum is supported by a board of trustees representing both partners.
The items exhibited in the former surrender museum formed the basis for the new exhibition; museums in both countries and private individuals contributed much additional material. Documentary evidence conveying important information in texts and images complements the display of historical originals. Film and acoustic material round out the presentation.

The museum was opened on the 50th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe on 10 May 1995.
Since that date the museum has offered its visitors not only a permanent exhibition. Numerous events like the annual functions on 8 May (“Remembering the Peace”), discussions, film series, music performances, readings, scientific conferences, and participation in Berlin’s “Long Night at the Museums” round out the profile of the museum also as a place for encounters, (not only) between Germans and Russians.

Special short-term exhibits, including two to three put together by the museum in-house each year, provide an additional opportunity to go deeper into specific questions and aspects of the history of the war and German-Soviet relationships. An exhibition catalog (usually a German-Russian diglot) is published to accompany these special exhibits.