View of the forecourt of the Zeche Zollern in Dortmund.

Photo: Annette Hudemann; source: LWL-Industriemuseum

LWL-Industriemuseum –
The Zollern Colliery

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44388 Dortmund
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The exhibition “Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers and the War”
at the Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage (LWL-Industriemuseum) – The Zollern Colliery in Dortmund

As from 18 March to 14 October 2012, the Regional Authority of Westphalia-Lippe and Dortmund City Council presented the ‘Forced Labor’ exhibition at the ‘LWL Zollern Colliery (Zeche Zollern) 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.

Over 60 representative case histories form the core of the exhibition. Like the exhibited documents and photographs, they are also the result of meticulous research in the archives of Europe, the USA, and Israel. In terms of content, these case histories range from the degrading work of the politically persecuted in Chemnitz to the murderous slave labor of Jews in the occupied Soviet Union and the daily life of a forced laborer on a farm in Austria. 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.

Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage

Director of the Museum
Dirk Zache

Head of the Zollern Colliery
Dr. Ulrike Gilhaus

Research and Museum Education
Dr. Anne Kugler

Academic Assistant
Nora Scholpp

Student Assistant
Lisa Kleinberger

Press Department
Christiane Spänhoff

Simone Böhnert

Administration | Submission
Heinz Gelking, Volker Merkert

Head of the Technical Support and Restoration
Norbert Tempel

Head of Collections
Vera Steinborn, Olge Dommer

Leona Ulikowski

Conservation and Restoration
Michael Wolters, Alexander Töws, Britta Köllmann, Lore Nonnenmacher, Anne-Luise Bodenbinder, Harald Wetzel, Ulrich Rasch, Günter Primus, Michael Dirkmann, Peter Grewe, Ralf Krüger, Werner Lammers, Klaus Rodenberg, Thomas Weidemann

Exhibit Arrangements
Anke Enning, Iris Chuchra

Technical Support
Jörg Nieswand

Assembly Team at the Zollern Colliery
Martin Lochert, Harald Verhoolen, Karl-Heinz Paul, Marianne Holtmann, Klaus Senkel, Elke Ackermann, Anneli Kleine, Joanna Arnold

Academic Advisor and Accompanying Program | Steinwache Memorial
Dr. Stefan Mühlhofer

The exhibition in Dortmund was kindly supported by the association Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL), the foundation LWL-Kulturstiftung and the City of Dortmund