Exhibition - Against Oblivion 2007 - 2008
In the Nazi era language was systematically misused to disguise gruesome acts and render them harmless. This was carried out systematically and extremely thoroughly. It is our responsibility to keep these memories alive. The Shoa.de homepage is headed "the future needs memories".
Exhibition from the 22nd of March to the 16th of May 2007
"lest we forget" together with Sister Elija Boßler and the photographer Klaus Kinold
in the German Society for Christian Art Munich, www.dgfck.de, 2007
Katholischen Akademie Münster www.franz-hitze-haus.de, 2008
Realisation : Digital print on aludipond, 150 x 360 cm
The origins of Thanksgiving date back to prechristian times. The first mention of Thanksgiving in the Catholic Church is in the 3rd century. It is customary to give thanks for a good harvest and the service takes place in the Catholic Church on the first Sunday in October. 1933 was characterised by the increasing power of the NS regime. May 1st is declared „National Workers Day“. To ensure that the population identifed with the new regime, the NS-government made Thanksgiving, with its Christian tradition and its basis in early religious rituals, also a national holiday. From 1933 to 1937 the central state ceremony was held at the beginning of October on the Bückeberg near Hamelin in the Weser Hills. The Bückeberg festival became a Nazi mass event. The aim of the Nazi leaders was to combine a traditional festival with the excessive Nazi "blood and soil" ideology.
There are a great number of civil and military camouflage expressions from the 3rd. Reich, of which probably the most cynical is the cover name „Harvest“. The ideology had already become clear in the Harvest Festival propaganda events and the operation Thanksgiving simply created the "final solution". Operation Harvest was the code name for a Nazi mass murder operation. On the 3rd and 4th November 1943 about 42.000 Jews were murdered - men, women and children in the three remaining camps in the General Government in occupied Poland, Trawniki, Poniatowa and Majdanek. Against the background of the heavy losses at Stalingrad, the weakened military power on the entire Eastern Front and the strengthening Soviet military resistance, the Nazi government, represented by Heinrich Himmler, ordered the destruction of the camps and the murder of so many persons on one day, practically without warning, to prevent possible uprisings. Himmler passed the command for this mass murder on to Wilhelm Krüger, the Higher SS and Police Leader of the General Government, who delegated the action to Jakob Sporrenberg, SS and Police Leader in the District of Lubmin. The mass murder on the 3rd - 4th November by German SS and police units marked the end of Operation Action Rheinhard.