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Ruhr Museum | War and Violence in European Memory

War and Violence in European Memory

Ruhr Museum, 21-meter-level
2018 / 2019
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Never again war. Due to wars, expulsions and genocides, more than 100 million people lost their lives in the 20th century. In the German and in parts of the European culture of remembrance, wars are therefore considered senseless. But why are wars still being waged today in many places around the world? And how could it come to this after the First World War?

During the tour through the exhibition, visitors can click their way to the individual departments and zoom in on exhibits and descriptions in HD quality. In this way, the controversial views of the war and its phenomena become visible. On the topics of "war," "bombing," "genocide," and "flight and expulsion," a confrontation with different perspectives follows. With the help of over 200 exhibits from more than 50 international lenders, "Krieg.Macht.Sinn." aims to stimulate discussion and reflection on war and its consequences up to the present day. Through photographs, posters and films, armaments products, sculptures or war diaries, the need to keep alive the memory of the effects of war, today and in the past, is made clear - so that it does not happen again.

The photo shows a view of the exhibition; "War" section.
The photo shows a view of the exhibition.
The photo shows a view of the exhibition; "Bombing War" section.
Poster "War.Power.Sense. War and violence in European memory"
The photo shows a view of the exhibition; section "Flight and Expulsion".
The photo shows a view of the "War" section of the exhibition.

The exhibition was created as part of the EU-funded UNREST project. The Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Aarhus in Denmark and the University of Bath in England as well as the Ruhr Museum in Essen were involved.

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