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Ukrainian-German special exhibition on forced labour in Furtwangen
26 January to 28 April 2024

During the Second World War, there were forced labourers in almost every town in Germany, also in Furtwangen, they kept war production going. The largest group of victims of National Socialism were the 13 million persons in forced labour. Their associated exploitation and disenfranchisement took place before the eyes of the public. Nevertheless, for decades this topic was not discussed in the post-war period. Even the forced labourers who had returned were not allowed to speak, as they were suspected of having collaborated with the National Socialists in the former Soviet Union.

The independent Ukrainian initiative Opens external link in new windowAfter Silence wants to give the mostly anonymous forced labourers a voice. It had received photos relating to Furtwangen and researched them. The contact with the Clock Museum gave rise to the idea of presenting an exhibition about Ukrainian forced labourers in the museum. "We are happy to raise public awareness of this important historical topic in Furtwangen,"  emphasises Dr Johannes Graf, who helped plan the bilingual exhibition on behalf of the Clock Museum. The exhibition was made possible by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
In order to make the topic of forced labourers and their fate after the war tangible to the public, the German Clock Museum is developing an accompanying programme in German and Ukrainian in cooperation with the Opens external link in new windowHeinrich-Böll-Stiftung Baden-Württemberg .

More (in German) about the special exhibition in our Blog post 26 January 2024