#LastSeen on tour
In January 2022, #LastSeen. Pictures of Nazi Deportations set off on tour in a historic truck fitted as an exhibition space. The traveling exhibition attracts attention and drums up support for the project. The tour mainly visits sites where we hope to find new pictures.
The traveling exhibition raises awareness of the fact that many of the streets and squares people were deported from are still part of townscapes today. Visitors are encouraged to search for more pictures and information in these places. Everyone can help, from local historians to anyone interested in supporting the project. The exhibition explains exactly how to do this.
Contributors help the #LastSeen researchers collect, categorize, and process new material and information. We plan to hold special local events where people can bring in privately owned photos from the Nazi era so that historians can look over them and explain what they show.
The next stops on the traveling exhibition tour
»Deportations were a central element of National Socialist persecution. Photographs were often taken, and several hundred pictures have survived to this day. They are powerful images. We have to look at them closely in order to understand them: What is shown on the pictures and what is not shown? Who was the photographer? And the other question we ask ourselves is this: are there any other pictures that we don’t know about yet?«Dr. Alina Bothe, #LastSeen Project Manager
Both the exhibition and the #LastSeen project as a whole aim to support exploratory and discovery learning. One of the project’s goals is to foster conscious, active remembrance of the Nazi period. This involves building a bridge from past to present, because thinking about the deportations back then – and how the witnesses behaved – forces us to think about situations today when we look away.