About the digital project
Departure Neuaubing is a digital exhibition project on the history of Nazi forced labor and its continuing impact today. Digital media can help us to overcome distances and highlight transnational and transhistorical references and connections. Nazi-era forced labor entailed the deportation of people from many different European countries. The Munich district of Neuaubing was a center of the Nazi arms industry. Here people from the Soviet Union, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and other countries were forced to work and were accommodated in one of the many Nazi forced labor camps.
This historical context forms the starting point of our digital history project and focuses on the web of connections across Europe that his story continues to have today. Departure Neuaubing looks at how the experience of forced labor has been treated in postwar Europe, at continuities of the Nazi regime of terror, and more generally at the significance of historical experiences for the present.
In cooperation with Mediale Pfade, the Studio Paintbucket Games, and the artists Sima Dehgani, Leon Kahane & Fabian Bechtle, Hadas Tapouchi, and Franz Wanner six very different projects were developed that address topics such as forced migration and exploitation, loss and memory, and historical narratives and continuities. Departure Neuaubing offers artistic, scientific, and playful approaches to this topic and looks at the history of forced labor with reference to the present.
Departure Neuaubing can be accessed online and is also presented in the foyer of the Munich Documentation Center. The exhibition architecture was designed by the set designer Janina Sieber and invites visitors to linger and engage with the topic.