Experience history – at the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig. We present German history from the end of the Second World War to the present day in the form of exhibitions, events, online projects and publications. We are one of the four museums belonging to the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation.
In our permanent exhibition, more than 3,200 exhibits outline the history of the division and unity, of dictatorship and resistance in the Soviet Occupation Zone and Communist East Germany. Up to three temporary exhibitions a year shed light on additional current topics.
Our events programme features panel discussions, lectures, readings and film screenings, creating a platform for civic discourse with contemporary witnesses as well as prominent representatives of the worlds of politics, academia, culture and the media, and fosters public debate on current issues.
Our educational programme focusses on life-long learning and prepares the exhibition content in a way suitable for the respective target group, be it children, young people or senior citizens. The wide-ranging services extend from group guided visits and workshops through to materials that invite visitors to explore the exhibitions for themselves. Our Web-based digital services in “History Online” go far beyond what the museum itself offers.
Collecting and preserving objects also constitute key parts of our work. Our collection on the history of Communist East Germany comprises more than 200,000 items, including outstanding materials on opposition and resistance in the former country, as well as the estate of Johannes Hegenbarth, author of the East German comic “Mosaik”, and private items owned by entertainer Heinz Quermann.
We see ourselves as a unique forum for debate on recent German and European history.
The Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig is part of the Haus der Geschichte Foundation organization. It is subdivided into nine organizational units under Director Dr. Uta Bretschneider. There are specific members of staff responsible for events, publications, PR work, educational services, the collection, collection management (registrars) and administration.
The museum is centrally located in the historical Zentral-Messepalast. This old trade-fair hall in downtown Leipzig was carefully modernized after 1990 and the interior completely removed to enable a modern museum fit-out. The Zeitgeschichtliches Forum was formally opened on 9 October 1999, the 10th anniversary of the major Monday Demonstrations in Leipzig.