Start date: 7. April 2014

End date: 28. April 2014


In the Enemy's Viewfinder - The German photo-journalists in occupied Warsaw 1939-1945

During World War II, around 700,000 residents of Warsaw lost their lives. Almost the whole Jewish population was murdered. In 1945, Warsaw was a city that was almost destroyed and without people. The photographs on show come from the observations of the “Enemy’s Viewfinder”, namely each of the propaganda companies of the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS.

A propagandist perspective of the occupied city and its inhabitants is shown through the lenses of German war reporters: the September campaign, the destructions, the repression of the population of Warsaw, the everyday life in the occupied city and in the Warsaw Ghetto up until its destruction after the Ghetto Uprising (April-Mai 1943), finally the Warsaw Uprising (August-October 1944) and the total destruction of the city between October 1944 and January 1945.

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Im Objektiv des Feindes, Ausstellung im HI
Im Objektiv des Feindes, Ausstellung im HI

In memory of the 70th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland, a bi-lingual travelling exhibition was held in the Herder Institute, which had previously only been seen in Warsaw, Berlin and Koblenz. On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, an academic colloquium took place.

An exhibition by the Herder Institute in collaboration with the “History Meeting House” (Dom Spotkań z Historią) in Warsaw, the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, the Federal Archive in Koblenz and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, along with the picture agency bpk and the Museum of European Cultures – State Museum in Berlin, within the scope of the Federal program of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

The exhibition is running under the aegis of the President of Warsaw and the Governing Mayor of the City of Berlin.

Im Objektiv des Feindes, Ausstellung im HI
Im Objektiv des Feindes, Ausstellung im HI