Those who want to learn exciting background information about one of the most important trials in the history of German reappraisal can view the temporary exhibition of the German Resistance Memorial Center at our PRORA ZENTRUM for a few more weeks. Now that we have switched to summer mode, we will be welcoming our guests daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — including weekends and holidays.
Speaking of holidays: Today, May 8, is not an official public holiday, even if this is repeatedly demanded by experts. Instead, the date on which the Wehrmacht signed the unconditional surrender of its armed forces in 1945, thus ending World War II, at least in Europe, is now a state-recognized day of remembrance in some German states – including Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Even if this date did not mark the end of suffering, injustice and violence, even if the consequences of the war were far from foreseeable for many people, and even more so even if one should not seek a calendrical conclusion with regard to the many perpetrators, fellow travellers and those whose role in National Socialism has not yet been fully clarified, May 8 has great symbolic power. What took place in Berlin-Karlshorst at that time was a basic prerequisite for the still incomplete legal reappraisal of the events in National Socialist Germany – and thus, in a second step, also for our current temporary exhibition.