This semester, MIAD P2 focuses on STALAG 326, a former POW camp near Detmold. The inmates, mostly from the Soviet Union, were forced to live there under unbearable conditions. Many perished. About 65.000 men were buried in a nearby cemetery. After WWII, the site was used for the internment of suspected war criminals. Later, it became a refugee camp for displaced persons who came to West Germany from Eastern Europe. Currently, the site is being used as a police academy. Based on a study done by Urban Lab earlier this year, the project aims at reorganizing the site and centers on the design of a visitor center and memorial.
On May 1 and 2, 25 MIAD students and Professors Wagner and Jochimsen traveled to Berlin for a full program of visits: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp at Oranienburg, the Topography of Terror site, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews and the Berlin Wall Memorial were on the itinerary.
On Wednesday, June 5th, the Students will present their ideas on the occasion of the midterm presentation, which will take place from 11:30-18:00 h at Studio B. The director of Stalag 326 Memorial Site and other guests will be critics. The event is open for all – come by, have a look and take part in the discussion!