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The permanent exhibition "Place of Remembrance of Forced Labor in the Volkswagen Factory" opened in 1999 is housed in a former air raid bunker on the site of the Wolfsburg plant. The documents, photos, eye witness accounts and exhibits loaned by victims convey a detailed insight into the scale of forced labor and the extent of the company’s involvement in the National Socialist war economy. The exhibition is divided into six rooms. Room 1 contrasts the socio-utopian dream of mass motorization with the beginnings of forced labor in the Volkswagenwerk. The expansion of armaments production and the systematization of forced labor are documented in Room 2. Room 3 is devoted to concentration camp prisoners. The decentralization of armaments production and its relocation to underground facilities in 1944/45 is the theme covered in Room 4, and special attention is given to the liberation of the forced laborers. Room 5 is dedicated to remembrance: witness accounts are presented in lightboxes. Room 6 documents coming to terms with the company’s history during the National Socialist period. The exhibition can be visited by prior arrangement.

Contact:                         Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
                                      Corporate History Department
                                      P.O. Box 1974
                                      38436 Wolfsburg
                                      Germany 
                                      E-Mail: history@volkswagen.de
 
The catalogue of the "Place of Remembrance of Forced Labor in the Volkswagen Factory" can be downloaded.

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