Aktives MuseumSilenced

Silenced. Berlin City councillors targeted by Nazi persecution

To mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945, the Berlin Senate and House of Representatives commissioned Aktives Museum with creating an exhibition on the lives of the Berlin city councilors and local politicians who were persecuted and murdered between 1933 and 1945. Showing personal objects, photographs and documents, the exhibition recalls the lives of 32 selected local politicians who were persecuted for very different reasons, forced out of politics and into exile, imprisoned and killed. At the same time, the exhibition provides examples of how parliamentary democracy was crushed in Germany in 1933. It includes a timeline tracing the history of the Berlin city parliament, which met for the first time on 20 March 1919 in the Berlin city hall and for the last time on 27 June 1933.


30 September – 30 November 2005 in Rathaus Berlin; subsequently, 8 June – 8 July 2006 in Berlin House of Representatives