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Women, family, people and race. The Reich School for Mothers in Berlin-Wedding in the Nazi period.
Exhibition of the Mitte Museum for the 2013 theme year - Destroyed Diversity

Reichsmütterschule Berlin-Wedding, um 1944, Mitte Museum This is the title of the exhibition of Mitte Museum Berlin for the theme year "Destroyed Diversity Berlin 1933 - 1938 - 1945". The exhibition highlights a little known instrument of the perpetrators at that time, in which a mother's everyday life was connected with the implementation of the racist demographic policy. The exhibition examines the relationship between the demands on women as childbearers and the dictatorial intrusion into the most private and intimate aspects of life – one’s sexuality, choice of a partner, family planning and the entire scope of one's private life. National socialist demographic policy meant on the one hand the promotion of marriages and families in conformity with the system, but on the other hand government-legitimated killing of those deemed "unworthy to live" or "inferior" from the health policy and race ideology points of view.

The exhibition replicates the function rooms of the Reich School for Mothers, showing the different tasks and training related to the coordinated National Socialist women’s work, which was outwardly based on pedagogic and social welfare traditions and rooted in the beginning of the bourgeois era, particularly World War I. The spectrum covered baby care, housekeeping, homemaking, child-rearing and child education. In the Nazi era, all of these areas were included in ideological and political infiltration, and utilized for strengthening the alleged "Aryan superrace" as well as meeting the needs of the war. Since the "School in Berlin-Wedding", as it was called in the reports made by the leader of the Reich women, provided not only qualification courses for housewives and mothers, but primarily schooled the leaders of the Nazi women's elite, it was also knowingly involved in crimes decreed by the government. The seemingly insignificant Reich School for Mothers in Berlin-Wedding was part of the system.

Accompanying programme - Tours of the exhibition guided by the curator:

No prior registration and free of charge - in cooperation with City VHS - the city's adult education centres

  • Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 18 May 2014 at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, 15 June 2014 at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 24 June 2014 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 19 August 2014 at 10 a.m.

  Click here   to watch a film by Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting channel RBB about the exhibition.n.

Exhibition dates: 22 September 2013 to 31. August 2014
Press conference: 17 September 2013 at 11 a.m. [pdf]: Press release
Opening: 19 September 2013 at 5 p.m.

  • Greeting speech: Kerstin Sittner-Hinz - Head of Mitte Museum / Head of History Department
  • On the exhibition: Dr. Hartmut Henicke - historian
  • Musical performance: Songs accompanying the exhibition by Brecht and others - Gina Pietsch (vocals) and Uwe Streibel (piano)

In cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH - Theme year 2013 – Destroyed Diversity

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