The "On Both Sides of the Barricades. Photography and War Reporting on the Warsaw Uprising 1944" exhibition is the result of a collaboration between LFI, the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, the University of Hamburg and the Regional Agency for Civic Education in Hamburg. Under the patronage of Hamburg's Mayor, Olaf Scholz, and the Polish Embassy in Germany, the exhibition will be on display from July 2 to August 25, 2015, at the Prora Documentation Centre on the island of Rügen.
The exhibition focusses on photographs taken during the uprising by Polish and German war correspondents and that appeared in the press at the time, as well as some pictures unpublished to date. They are presented within the context of the press articles and the respective papers they appeared in.
The Prora Documentation Centre
The Prora Documentation Centre is located within the "Colossus of Rügen" complex – originally intended to be a KdF (Kraft durch Freude – Power Through Joy) seaside resort on the island of Rügen. Prora is part of the Binz region and lies on Prorer Wiek, the most beautiful bay on the island. The 4.5 kilometre-long complex was built, and for the most part completed, between 1936 and 1939.
The complex is now a class listed monument. Next to the grounds of the Nürnberg Rally it is the largest remaining architectural project that was carried out during the Nazi era. 20,000 people were supposed to go there on holiday. The KdF seaside resort is not only an interesting example of the implementation of modern architecture during the Nazi era, but is also an important socio-historical witness to the Nazi regime's efforts to satisfy the workers – whose party and organisation had been defeated in 1933 – and to win them over to the Nazi's war, living environment and racial policies.
The exhibition is presented in German and in English.
Further information at: Dokumentationszentrum Prora