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Statement on two years of war against Ukraine – What does the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine mean for the work of the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst?

23. February 2024

Since 24 February 2022, only the Ukrainian flag has been raised in front of the museum, not the Belarusian, German, Russian and Ukrainian flags as before. This is a sign that the museum’s employees continue to condemn the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine in the strongest possible terms.

The museum feels for all the people in Ukraine who suffered under the Russian war of aggression. Since March 2022, the museum has been a member of the “Aid Network for Survivors of Nazi Persecution in Ukraine”. This network, which is affiliated with KONTAKTE-KOHTAKTbI e.V., helps survivors of the German occupation from 1941 to 1944 who are now victims of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.

For 30 years, the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst has been committed to a differentiated view of the history of the Second World War. In doing so, it has always been dealing with the forms of remembrance, national memory narratives and also the instrumentalisation of history for political purposes. The Russian government is currently misusing the history of the Second World War for its war propaganda. The museum is strictly opposed to such instrumentalisation. In its work, it is committed to an unbiased exchange on different views of history and memories. To this end, the international discussion series “History in Conflict” was launched last year and will be continued in 2024.

The Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus criminalise statements on historical facts and interpretations if they deviate from the interpretations provided by the state. This destroys the founding consensus of the co-operation that began 30 years ago. However, it is essential for the museum’s work to discuss the different perspectives on the past in an open and liberal-democratic atmosphere. The museum is therefore intensifying its dialogue with colleagues who are continuing their work in exile. It must be noted with concern that even these spaces for free research in Germany are under threat from Russia.

The dialogue with Russian and Belarusian museums has been interrupted. As much as a continuation of this dialogue is desirable in the future, it is not possible under the current political conditions. There are, however, contacts with Ukrainian museums and archives that will be important in the future. Nevertheless, the Russian and Belarusian perspectives on the history of the Second World War remain important points of reference in the museum’s work.

It will also be important in the future to continue to incorporate existing contacts with institutions in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the Caucasian and Central Asian countries into the museum’s work. DOWNLOAD PDF | Translations: GER, ENG, RUS, UKR, BLR

Continuation of the international event series “History in Conflict”

18. January 2024

Photo: Destroyed railway station in Kaunas, Lithuania, probably August 1944 © Museum Berlin-Karlshorst | Iwan Schagin

Under the title “History in Conflict. 1944 – A Year between Fronts”, the museum is continuing its successful series of events in 2024.

From January to July 2024, we would like to take a look at the year 1944 in six events at different locations – international guests will discuss the historical contexts as well as the changes and conflicts in memory.

The event language is German. MORE INFORMATION

Exhibition on 75 years Airlift opens

29. June 2023

On 28 June 2023, the open-air exhibition Blockaded Victors – Divided Berlin. 75 Years Berlin Airlift opened at Tempelhof Airport – a joint exhibition by the Berlin-Karlshorst Museum, the Berlin-Gatow Airfield Military History Museum and the Allied Museum. MORE INFORMATION

Statement by the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst on the ongoing war against Ukraine

21. February 2023

Straßenseitige außenansicht des Museums Berlin Karlshorst, Ort der Kapitulation 1945

“A year ago, the Russian Federation extended its war against sovereign Ukraine, which is contrary to international law, to the whole country. We continue to condemn this war in the strongest possible terms. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Our sympathy goes to the victims of war and Russian crimes. Our solidarity is with all those who are campaigning against this war all over the world. We are doing our utmost to provide support at various levels. …” MORE INFORMATION / GER-ENG-RUS-UKR-BLR

Project for archival preservation in Ukraine

27. September 2022

The Museum Berlin-Karlshorst supports museums and archives in Ukraine, drawing on its many years of experience in working with Ukrainian partners.

The Museum Berlin-Karlshorst has been active in various aid programmes since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. It has been a major contributor to several of these projects, drawing on its extensive experience in building contacts and networks. The long-standing exchange with partners in Ukraine enables prompt and unbureaucratic help at eye level in the current war situation. MORE INFORMATION

Support network for survivors of Nazi persecution in Ukraine

23. March 2022

On the initiative of the association KONTAKTE-KOHTAKTbI e.V., around 30 memorial sites and places of remembrance have joined forces to support victims of National Socialist persecution in the current war in Ukraine, with whom the initiatives have long had close ties in their work. The Museum Berlin-Karlshorst is part of this support network. Donations are intended to help witnesses and, if necessary, colleagues in the memorial sites in Ukraine at their places of origin or, in the case of flight, also in Germany. If you would like to support us, please donate to the following account:

Donation account at Berliner Volksbank
Recipient: Kontakte-Kontakty
IBAN: DE59 1009 0000 2888 9620 02