The Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism conveys the history of National Socialism with a view to the present and the future. In our exhibitions, events, workshops, and seminars we consider the historical experience of the Nazi dictatorship in a current and global context. Nazi ideology and the crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime form the starting point for our work. Munich’s role as the place where the Nazi Party originated and where its headquarters were located is of special significance. Topics such as war and genocide, racism and anti-Semitism, exclusion and displacement are further focuses of our work.
The Munich Documentation Center is an international institution with doors opening in many directions. It offers a museal and communicative space where people from different backgrounds and disciplines can come together. Our projects involve a variety of partners from the fields of education, scholarship, remembrance work, art, and culture.
In our work we seek to sensitize people to the continuing repercussions of National Socialism and at the same time to strengthen public awareness of the positive things that have been achieved since the defeat of the Nazi dictatorship: a liberal democracy, universal human rights, a united Europe, and a lively remembrance discourse. Out of the experience of history, visions can emerge of how we want to live as a society in the future—visions that entail an open-ended process of continuous development. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equality, respect, and participation. We counter nationalist and revisionist views of history as well as right-wing extremist tendencies with knowledge, creativity, and optimism.