View of the front of the “Old Workshop” at the Zollern Colliery.

The “Forced Labor” exhibition is on display in Dortmund from March 18 to Ocotber 14, 2012.

Photo: Annette Hudemann; source: LWL-Industriemuseum

LWL-Industriemuseum –
The Zollern Colliery

Grubenweg 5
44388 Dortmund
Phone +49 (0)231 6961 111
Fax +40 (0)231 6961 114

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The exhibition “Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers and the War” at the Westpahlian State Museum of Industrial Heritage (LWL-Industriemuseum) – The Zollern Colliery

The international traveling exhibition of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation will come to Dortmund this spring after the inauguration in the Jewish Museum in Berlin and a presentation in Moscow. This is the last German venue before the exhibition goes abroad. German Federal President Joachim Gauck has assumed patronage of the show.

As from 18 March 2012, the Regional Authority of Westphalia-Lippe and Dortmund City Council will present the “Forced Labor” exhibition at the LWL Zollern Colliery Industrial Museum – a place where forced laborers were also exploited during World War II. “We are very proud of being able to get this high-calibre exhibition to come to Dortmund,” explained LWL’s Museum Director Dr. Ulrike Gilhaus.

The presented exhibits and photographs allow an insight into the racially defined relationship between the Germans and the forced laborers – with all scope of action available to the people. And they show that the forced labor was part of the racist social order of the Nazi state from the very start: The propagated “People’s Community” (Volksgemeinschaft) and the forced labor of the excluded – both belonged together.

Over 60 representative case histories form the core of the exhibition. The chronologically structured exhibition establishes many connections to cities and industries of Westphalia and the Ruhr Region and refers to specific examples of forced labor in the Dortmund area. Lectures, excursions and other events will deepen the subject.

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Final admission: 5.30 p.m.


Adults: €5.00
Concessions: €3.50
Groups of 16 persons or more: €4.50 p.p.
Families: €10.00
Children (6 years and over) and young persons: €2.00
LWL-MuseumsCard 50% reduction

Free admission on 21.4., 4.5., 20.5., 6.7., 7.9., 9.9.2012

Guided tours for groups

Exhibition only: 1 hour, €40 plus entry
Combined Exhibition / Zollern Colliery: 1.5 hours, €40 plus entry
Program for school classes: 2 hours, €45
Young Persons Show Their Peers: Information on request
Foreign-language tours (English, French, Polish): €12 surcharge

Inquiries and booking on Tel. +49 (0)231 6961 211


By rail: Take the NWB line RB 43 (the “Emschertalbahn” running from Dortmund to Dorsten) to the Bahnhof Bövinghausen station. The museum is a ten-minute walk from the station: exit the station platform in the direction of Eisenbahnbrücke; turn right onto Merklinder Straße and walk 20 metres. Then turn left into the residential neighbourhood, continuing along Grubenweg to cross Plutostrasse, Jupiterstrasse and Rhader Weg at the diagonal.

By bus: take bus 378 to the Provinzialstraße stop or bus 462 to the Industriemuseum Zollern stop.

Additional information regarding travel to the Dortmund exhibition site can be found on the website of the LWL Industriemuseum – The Zollern Colliery.