19 March – 9 July
Volk – Heimat – Dorf
Ideology and reality in 1930s and 1940s rural Bavaria
The exhibition "Volk – Heimat – Dorf" places special emphasis on rural spaces in the 1930s and 1940s, enabling new insights into an area that has been in the spotlight many times in the past.
What changes took place in villages after Hitler seized power in 1933? It is this pivotal question that the exhibition will try to explore, while also highlighting important aspects of rural life. Propaganda texts on the subject of "Erzeugungsschlachten" ("battles for production") aiming for self-sufficiency and instructions on how to breed silkworms document the strong influence that National Socialist policy had on agriculture. Objects from the Hitler Youth organisation, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service) and the Winterhilfswerk (Winter Relief of the German People) which were passed down bear witness to the way that National Socialism permeated society, even reaching the countryside. Upon closer inspection, apparently harmless exhibits such as honey extractors and hay boxes, dresses and toys reveal that rural life was anything but apolitical, despite its simple and idyllic reputation.
The exhibition presents historical objects and documents from across Bavaria. Interviews, films and animations document a time which continued to have an impact well after 1945, the consequences of which can still be felt today. A companion volume of the same name goes into more depth and expands on the exhibition's topics (288 pages; €19.95). It is available for purchase in the museum shop, or you can order it online.
A joint project of the southern German open-air museums.