DOK exhibition, © Arndt Gläser Stadt Barth

Here you will find the permanent exhibition "12 of 750 years. Barth under National Socialism 1933 - 1945. It was opened on May 1, 2006 with the participation of former prisoners and prisoners of war, their children and grandchildren from many European countries, the USA, Canada, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, among others. Since then, guests of the city, schoolchildren, students, travel groups and interested people from almost all continents, but especially the people of Barth themselves, visited the presentation.

"12 out of 750 years. Barth under National Socialism 1933 - 1945".

The title of this exhibition triggered multi-layered reactions and comments.
- "Is this necessary?
- "Let history finally rest in peace!"

"Is it necessary to burden the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the city with this inglorious period?"
- "It was only 12 years out of 750!"

Yes it is necessary ? yes one must ? yes also these 12 years belong to the history of this city, the Bodden city, the Vineta city!

Also in these 12 years lived in the city bakers, shoemakers, blacksmiths, officials, teachers, nurses, coal merchants, photographers, doctors, housewives, pastors, workers, gardeners and, and, and .... .

It is claimed that the number of inhabitants almost doubled during this period.

In this period there were:

  • the prisoner of war camp Barth/Vogelsang Stalag Luft I
  • the Luftwaffe training division
  • the field anti-aircraft artillery school (center) 11
  • the ammunition plant "Pommersche Industrie-Werke GmbH (PIW)
  • the aircraft works Ernst Heinkels, ("Müller-Werk") on the air base Barth

During this time (June 1938) "German superiority" was demonstrated to the European military ? The place was the "tactical testing station Barth".

And there was the concentration camp Barth-Ravensbrück during this time.

Questions, comparisons, discussions, additions, thoughtfulness ? hardly anyone leaves the exhibition rooms as they entered them. Many become aware that this burdening part of the past can also begin behind the fence of one's own allotment garden, that one can experience history here on site and that one can deal with it? Indeed, you have to deal with it.

The DOK is run by the Förderverein Dokumentations- und Begegnungsstätte Barth e.V. (Barth Documentation and Meeting Place Association).

The exhibition "12 of 750 years - Barth under National Socialism 1933 - 1945" is open to visitors during the season ( from May ) on the following days:

Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 - 14:00.

After an agreement by e-mail further visits of the exhibition can be discussed

It is located in the Vineta community center, Papenstraße 8.

If you are interested in a guided tour, please contact us in advance at

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Vineta Bürgerhaus
Papenstraße 8
18356 Barth
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