The ZZF is involved in various exhibition and website projects aimed at a wider public. The current projects include:
The 6th World Conference of the International Federation for Public History
18. - 22. August 2020 | Freie Universität Berlin (FU)
This conference will be hosted by Freie Universität Berlin, where the first German MA program in public history was established. Other partners are the National Council on Public History, the world's largest public history organization, the German Historical Association (VHD) and its working group on applied/public history (AGAG), the American Historical Association and the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam (ZZF).
Since 2011, IFPH has been dedicated to building an international and multi-lingual community of public historians working both outside and inside academia. The main role of the Federation is to foster the development of Public History worldwide, creating and coordinating networks and national associations for public history, promoting teaching, research, theoretical inquiry, and other activities that engage the public with the past, history and individual and collective memories.
Berlin, which has been called the "Rome of contemporary history," is an ideal location for a major meeting of public historians from across the globe. Like few other places in the world it offers many different layers of history, that not only still matter and are controversial locally or regionally, but nationally and even internationally. (for all information klick here)
The deadline for all proposals is 15 October 2019.
Exhibition: „East Berlin. Half a Capital“ (May 11 to November 9, 2019)
The Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam, and the Municipal Museum Berlin have preparied a joint exhibition on East Berlin. The exhibition will be shown from May 11 to November 9, 2019 in the Ephraim-Palais in the Nikolaiviertel. It will provide new perspectives on the former metropolis of East Germany. The social and cultural dimensions of urban life in East Berlin will be at the heart of the exhibition. Students of the Master’s programme Public History will develop modern opportunities for participation, which can be made use of in the museum as well as in the urban space of Berlin. www.ost.berlin
Opening-Program 10./11. May 2019 klick here
Project coordination at ZZF: Dr. Jürgen Danyel and Dr. Hanno Hochmuth
Silent Testimonies of 1939 - The German Attack on Poland in Pictures and Documents
Students of the Public History Master's Program at Freie Universität Berlin in Cooperation with the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz and the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
1 September 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland and the beginning of the Second World War in Europe. Both among the Polish population and among the German soldiers there were many who recorded their experiences and memories – in the form of photos, letters and diary entries. Today, their testimonies are important sources of contemporary historical research and document a criminal war. The aim of the project is to promote public discussion of family biographical testimonies to the Second World War from a German and Polish perspective. To this end, private photos, letters and diaries will be collected. Some of the material will then be digitised, historically classified and made accessible to the public in an online exhibition.
The Vernissage takes place on 1 September 2019, 16 | 4 pm in the Zeughauskino of the DHM Berlin. For details klick here
Project manager at ZZF: Dr. Irmgard Zündorf
Learning location Keibelstraße
Project team: Karolína Bukovská, Lucas Frings, Jonah Schapira
Project leader: Birgit Marzinka (place of learning Keibelstraße), Irmgard Zündorf (ZZF Potsdam)
Between 1951 and 1990 was on Keibelstraße in Berlin-Mitte a detention center (UHA). She was attached to the neighboring Bureau of the People's Police. The UHA Keibelstraße was the only East Berlin remand prison of the People's Police, in which women were detained. From 1990, film and music producers use the lower floors of the former detention facility as a backdrop. The modernized cells on the sixth floor served as police and deportation custody from 1992 to 1996.
Carrier of the Learning location Keibelstraße is the Agentur für Bildung - Geschichte, Politik und Medien e.V. The facility is funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie. Cooperation partner for the construction of the permanent exhibition, the text design as well as the development of the educational materials is beside the ZZF the department didactics of the history of the free university Berlin.
Pupils Calendar 2019/2020 on the topic "Friedliche Revolution"
Together with the public relations department of the Brandenburg Landtag, the Public History section has written texts for the pupil calendar 2019/2020 on the topic of "Friedliche Revolution". It explains both the Cold War and the SED dictatorship. Individual themes such as the "Stasi", "consumer society" or "art in socialism" are described in more detail before the end of the GDR is treated with perestroika and glasnost, crisis, mass exodus and opposition movement.
Memorial Sites of the 20th century in Brandenburg
This interdepartmental project of the ZZF was dedicated to 32 historical sites in Brandenburg from the time of the Nazi dictatorship (1933 to 1945), the Soviet Occupation and the GDR (1945-1989/90). It was carried out in cooperation with TMB Tourism Marketing Brandenburg GmbH and completed in spring 2018.
Jürgen Danyel, Hans-Hermann Hertle, Elke Kimmel, Thomas Schaarschmidt, Peter Ulrich Weiß and Irmgard Zündorf have written short texts on places which have been of outstanding importance not only for Brandenburg's history, but also for the entire history of Germany and Europe. These texts are available to the public on the TMB website since the end of March 2018.
Multi-media Documentation of the History of the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1990
Long-term Cooperation Project of the Leibniz Center for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF), the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, bpb) and German Radio (Deutschlandradio)
Managing Editorial Board:
Hans-Hermann Hertle, Leibniz Center for Contemporary History Potsdam
Sabine Berthold/Thorsten Schilling, Federal Agency for Civic Education, Bonn
Birte Lock/Egbert Meyer, German Radio (Deutschlandradio), Berlin/Köln
Editors: Lydia Dollmann, Hans-Hermann Hertle
Translation: Timothy Jones
The bilingual website is a long-term cooperation project of the Federal Center for Civic Education, the Center for Contemporary History Potsdam and German Radio (Deutschlandradio). On the basis of so far partially unpublished documents, film and sound material, photographs and interviews with main actors as well as own research, the dramatic events during the construction and fall of the Wall up to the political unification of Germany are reconstructed and illustrated as well as the most important stations of German division shown.
Documentation project: ‘Attention! Border area - The restricted zone in the GDR, Potsdam 1961-89’
Open Air Permanent Exhibition since April 10, 2019
Internet portal www.grenze-potsdam.de
This cooperation project between the ZZF and the association Memorial Sites at the Potsdam Border pursued the aim – in preparation for an exhibition – of developing for the period from 1945 to 1990 a professionally-sound documentation on this section of the Berlin-Brandenburg Wall north of the Glienicke Bridge, which is of historical relevance and likewise highly interesting for the public. It is edited by Florentine Schmidtmann, associated doctoral student at the ZZF, and funded by the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs of the Brandenburg federal state. A history trail with eight steles between Glienicker bridge and the post tower of the water border crossing Nedlitz at the end of Bertinistraße informed since 10 April 2019 about it. The open air exhibition is open all year round. The internet portal www.grenze-potsdam.de has already been activated since November 9, 2018 with in-depth information as well as picture, audio and video material about the former border area in German and English. It is aimed at international visitors as well as at Potsdam and Berlin in search of clues to the German-German division. An interactive map shows the border area with the barriers in the state of the year 1981.Partially unpublished photographs and plans show how today's UNESCO parkland was crisscrossed by a death strip that was illuminated daylight even at night.Informiert is among other things about everyday life in the Border area, about daredevil flights over the Glienicker bridge and through the Jungfernsee as well as over the water border crossing Nedlitz, whose post tower is one of the few relics of the GDR border.
Outline map - infopad (graphic proof: Soner Ipekcioglu_Agentur The composers)
Read here the report ( in german) by Marion Schlöttke about the exhibition opening.
www.17Juni53.de – Multimedia Website Project
Cooperation project: ZZF, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Deutschlandradio
Project management at the ZZF: Dr. Hans Hermann-Hertle
The events of 17 June 1953 did not only have a prehistory, but also far-reaching consequences. The website, which covers the period from April 1952 to the end of 1953, reconstructs what led to the crisis, the uprising itself and the months thereafter: It explains the causes, the course and the consequences. The texts are illustrated and supplemented by a variety of different sources: film clips, photos, original sounds from the RIAS archive, interviews with contemporary witnesses, newspaper clippings, flyers and documents from German and international archives. The website looks at the multi-faceted events and developments in various cities and towns in the GDR on the one hand, and at national and international developments related to the uprising on the other.
The website launched in 2003 and was last updated in 2013. It continues to be available as a source of information for users interested in history.