Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim



The anti-war Museum/Peace library from Berlin and the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer invite you to the exhibition about the last years of World War II and the first years after WW II - a new beginning. It is also about courage to refuse and to offer resistance. 

END – These are the years 1943-1945. The exhibition shows pictures of the endless floods of refugees, executed civilians, destroyed cities, the last forces of the “People's Army”, a banner hangs on the 20th of April 1945 in front of ruins – “We salute the first German worker – Adolf Hitler” -,

BEGINNING – Right after the German capitulation the young Czech photographer Jindrich Marco set out from Prague to Berlin and thus took photographs of the immediate post-war period – the beginning. The photographs belong to the best which were created at this time. He was in Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, later in Budapest, London, Paris and Warsaw.

The exhibition shows pictures of the removal of the ruins, the cleaning up, life without coal and with little food – and an old man, who on two benches lays out some books in the middle of the debris: the first bookseller, Berlin 1945.

LIFE IS BEGINNING– This part of the exhibition is between spring 1945 and the year 1949. These are the years of reconstruction, of beginnings, of a better future; but also began then, as Walter Kolbenhoff remembers, total oblivion: fascism, thirst for power, mass murder, robbery of land – no one wanted to have anything to do with the atrocities. One was not aware of having done anything wrong, it was obliterated from memory. 

REFUSAL AND RESISTANCE – The link in the exhibition between the time “before” and “after ” is formed by 45 portraits of people who refused or were active in the resistance. Among other people are Clara Grundwald, Franz Jägerstätter, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Heinrich Böll, Sophie and Hans Scholl, Theodor Haecker, Käthie Kollwitz, Hugo Sonnenschein and Otto Weidt. Well-known and unknown names who all supported a different Germany, manyof whom died an all too early death. 

Place of exhibition: Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim

Exhibition open for visitors up to 3rd of November 2012

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Krakowska Fundacja
Centrum Dialogu i Modlitwy
w Oświęcimiu
ul. M. Kolbego 1, 32-602 Oświęcim

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