This exhibition is the product of a year long AHRC project led by Professor Stuart Taberner. Drawing on the findings of another AHRC project, ‘From Victims to Perpetrators? Discourses of German Wartime Suffering’ (2005-2008), the exhibition investigates how Germany has come to terms with its past, and encourages visitors to ask questions about how we remember the past. What do we remember, how do we remember, and why do we remember? The exhibition focuses on Germany after 1945, but we hope that visitors will be able to make the exhibition relevant to the ways their own societies are facing up to other pasts – and presents – that may still be unresolved.


The exhibition launched in January 2015 in the UK and South Africa and has been on display in the National Holocaust Centre and Museum (UK), the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the Durban Holocaust Centre, the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Tile Hill Wood School and Language College in Coventry, Durham School (more information here), the King’s School in Macclesfield, the University of Sheffield, the University of Chester, the National University of Ireland (Cork campus), Newcastle University, the University of Birmingham, the University of the Free State (South Africa) and the University of Notre Dame in the USA.

If you would like to host the exhibition at your school, university, or museum, please contact Professor Stuart Taberner at s.j.taberner@leeds.ac.uk.


The exhibition comes with an Educational Resource pack for Educators. The pack can be used either in conjunction with the exhibition and accompanying catalogue or independently in the classroom. It includes a glossary of key terms, a historical timeline, summaries of the key themes of the exhibition and suggested activities for students.


The exhibition has been developed with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum (UK) and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, and will prompt visiting school groups and the public in South Africa, particularly, to rethink their South African context and the transition from a difficult past to democracy.

The project is a partnership between Professor Taberner and his team at Leeds (Professor Paul Cooke, Dr Matthew Boswell, Dr Helen Finch, Dr Victoria Nesfield), the National Holocaust Centre (UK), the South African Holocaust and Genocide FoundationProfessor Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent), the University of the Free State (South Africa), and the Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah (Leeds).


Students visiting the exhibition in South Africa

Students from the Sans Souci High School visiting the exhibition at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. (Copyright Cape Town Holocaust Centre 2015)