An exhibition under the corporate honorary patronage of the President of the Czech Republic , Miloš Zeman and the President of the German Federal Republic, Joachim Gauck.

The Royal Summer Palace in Prague

The exhibition will be presented from 2 July to 31 october 2014.

Source: Prague Castle Administration

from the left: Jiří Kuděla, Rikola-Gunnar Lüttgenau, Ivo Losman, Stanislaw Tillich und Tomáš Jelínek na výstavě Nucená práce.

Fotografie: Eva Kořínková

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Accompanying program in Prague

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An Exhibition about Forced Labour during National Socialism will Start on July 2 at the Royal Summer Palace in Prague

The international travelling exhibition entitled “Forced Labour: The Germans, the Forced Labourers and the War” will be shown from July 2, until October 31, 2014 in the Royal Summer Palace in Prague.

The exhibition provides the first comprehensive presentation of the history of forced labour during national socialism and its ramifications after 1945. The historical exhibits and photographs allow insight into the relationship – defined by racism – between Germans and forced labourers and the scope that people found within this framework. “It consists of over 60 representative case studies. Arranged chronologically, the collected materials draw attention to several examples of forced labour. The exhibition provides a unique possibility to explore the topic from a personal perspective,” described Prof. Dr. Volkhard Knigge, head of the exhibition project and director of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation.

Over 20 million men, women, and children from all over Europe were taken to German Reich and in the occupied territories as “foreign workers”, prisoners of war, and concentration camp inmates to perform forced labor. How was the forced labour implemented? And what are the stories uncovered behind the fences and walls of the camps and the barracks of factories where people worked for the Third Reich to utter exhaustion? Those are the questions that the exhibition focuses on, uncovering the context of a deliberate Nazi Policy of coercion and liquidation through labour which was applied all over the European countries.

The exhibition is organized by the Prague Castle Administration, created by the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation, in cooperation with the Czech-German Fund for the Future, initiated and financed by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ). As the main partners of the event they are presenting an extensive accompanying program to the exhibition, comprised of meetings with former forced labourers, debates on the subject with experts, the screening of pictures, cultural events and educational programmes for schools.

The exhibition is under the joint honorary patronage of the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, and Joachim Gauck, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Opening hours:

Monday–Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Admission: 80 CZK