The Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Center in Berlin-Schöneweide is the only institution at the historical site of an almost completely preserved forced labor camp in the middle of a residential district. Since 2006, it has made visible the fate of the more than 26 million men, women and children who were exploited as forced labourers by the Nazi regime during the Second World War.
Under the eyes of the German civilian population, they worked in all areas of society - in large, medium-sized and small companies, in all branches - from carpentry, bakery, brewery to clothing shop, in municipal institutions such as garbage collection and agriculture, in church cemeteries, to private households. In the Berlin city area alone there were about 3,000 camps for forced laborers.
As an archive, exhibition, and learning site, the Documentation Center provides information on the history and dimensions of the largest group of Nazi forced laborers. Around 8.4 million people were deported to the German Reich as "civilian" forced laborers from the occupied territories of Europe. The former accommodation barracks serve as exhibition, event and educational venues. In its archive and library, the Documentation Centre records the voices and historical heritage of the survivors for future generations and for further research on the subject.
Credit: Content and picture (Volker Kreidler) taken from the website of the Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Center