Neighbours behind barbed wire – The ‘Engländerlager Ruhleben’ and war captivity 1914 till 1921
Old Barracks, Ground floor
4 May – 25 November 2018
One of the most famous internment camps of its time, the so called ‘Engländerlager’, was situated in the area of the former harness race track of Ruhleben. There, up to 5,000 British (as well as German-British) men where detained. Some of them had lived in the German Empire for years; others were there accidentally when the war broke out. Along the presentation of the Ruhleben Camp the exhibition imparts this piece of history of World War I, which is not well known today. A comparison to other POW and internment camps will be made at certain points of the exhibition, in order to broaden the altogether perspective.
Because of this, there most likely will also appear questions concerning modern camps. This is why the Swiss artist Michael Stoll will refer to refugee camps of the present through an art installation. His focus lies on the reasons for fleeing, the routes and stations of the refugees. Find out more about Michael Stolls work here.
Elizabeth of Denmark – a Brandeburgian electress in the conflict for creed and power
Arsenal, upper floor
7 July 2017 – 25 June 2018
In connection with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation the City History Museum of Spandau is showing an exhibition, which allows an insight into the fateful life of the Brandenburgian electress Elizabeth of Denmark (1485-1555). In 1527 she confessed to lutheranism, against the will of elector Joachim I. This lead to a breach in the relation between her and her husband, who was a strong opponent to the new belief. That is why one year later she fled from Berlin to her uncle, the Elector of Saxony, who himself defended Luther and his ideas against the catholic accusations. Henceforth she lived mainly in Torgau and Wittenberg – where she often had contact to Martin Luther – and from 1536 on in a former monastery of the Brothers of St. Anthony in Lichtenburg near Prettin. It was only after 17 years and long after the death of Joachim I., that Elizabeth returned to the Margraviate of Brandenburg and took her dower at the castle of Spandau, where she lived until shortly before her death in 1555.