Dokumentation Obersalzberg

A Place of Learning and Remembrance

Dokumentation Obersalzberg, near Berchtesgaden, is a center for learning and remembrance, designed by the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ). The historical location offers visitors the opportunity to study and reflect on the history of a place that was once a hub of Nazi power. The idea for the center was developed on behalf of the State of Bavaria. Dokumentation Obersalzberg was opened on October 20, 1999, and has been supervised by the IfZ ever since regarding research and museum matters.

The Dokumentation exhibition depicts the history of Obersalzberg as a place that was turned over time into Hitler’s second capital during the Nazi era, while also embedding this site, so central to perpetration of Nazi crimes, into the overall history of National Socialism, and providing background information on major aspects of the Nazi dictatorship. The center features a comprehensive educational program that is particularly well geared toward providing young people with the ability to engage critically with the notions of the radical right.

Even as Dokumentation Obersalzberg works to meet the highest academic criteria, its aim is to speak to the broader public. Its goal is to offer visitors academically sound but fully understandable information on the eventful and complex history along with input for further thought. The Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History provides for the direct transfer of its research activity into historical and political education.

 

Permanent exhibition

The exhibition includes over 950 photographs, documents, posters, films, and recordings, many of which are made accessible to the public for the first time.

The following topics are addressed there:

Obersalzberg

Führer myth and cult

Actors of the regime

The German “Volksgemeinschaft

The apparatus of terror and annihilation

“Race policy”, persecution of Jews, genocide

Resistance and emigration

Hitler’s foreign policy

The Second World War

The bunker complex

Opening Hours

April through October: Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)

November through March: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 3pm (last admission 2pm)

Closed Mondays

Also closed on January 1, November 1, and December 24, 25, and 31

Further information on Dokumentation Obersalzberg can be found at www.obersalzberg.de.




Publications within the project

Pädagogischer Koffer

Pädagogischer Koffer

IfZ Publications on Dokumentation Obersalzberg


 
Dokumentation Obersalzberg.

Volker Dahm, Albert A. Feiber, Elisabeth Sommer, Wolfgang Wintersteller

Dokumentation Obersalzberg.

IfZ Publications on Dokumentation Obersalzberg

München 2006


 
Dokumentation Obersalzberg.

Volker Dahm, Albert A. Feiber, Elisabeth Sommer, Wolfgang Wintersteller

Dokumentation Obersalzberg.

IfZ Publications on Dokumentation Obersalzberg

München 2006


 
Gewalt, Vernichtung, Tod.

Volker Dahm

Gewalt, Vernichtung, Tod.

IfZ Publications on Dokumentation Obersalzberg

München 2005


 
Obersalzberg.

Ulrich Chaussy

Obersalzberg.

IfZ Publications on Dokumentation Obersalzberg

München 2012


 
Täter - Gegner - Opfer.

Albert A. Feiber, Volker Dahm (Hrsg.)

Täter - Gegner - Opfer.

IfZ Publications on Dokumentation Obersalzberg

München 2008


 
Die tödliche Utopie.

Volker Dahm, Albert A. Feiber, Hartmut Mehringer, Horst Möller (Hrsg.)

Die tödliche Utopie.

IfZ Publications on Dokumentation Obersalzberg

München 2016