Between 1939 and 1945, the Nazi forces murdered a huge amount of German women of different ages in Berlin. Probably they were sentenced to death by The Peoples Court and executed within prisons, by the commandants of concentration camps, or executed straightaway by military commanders.
These executions happened usually in public to either terrorize the local populace as well as to entertain the troops.
The Peoples Court was a special court established in 1934 by Adolf Hitler. The court had jurisdiction over a rather broad array of “political offenses”. These crimes were seen by the court as a “disintegration of defensive capability" and were therefore punished cruelly. A tremendous amount of cases led to the death penalty, including this huge amount of women. Hanging was the preferred method for the execution of partisans as it produced more of a public spectacle than shooting.
RE-ENACTMENT is a research-project that gives attention to whom these women were and their motives. These women´s actions are today described as courageous, but very few are mentioned in our history books. By re-enacting few examples of these women´s destinies and by speaking their names out load, the attempt is to make this part of our history more visible.
Concept & performance Ellinor Ljungkvist
Production management PACT Zollverein Performing Arts Choreographic Centre NRW Essen Germany
Photography Dirk Rose
Voice Verena Hahn
Thanks to The Memorial Centre Berlin, PACT Zollverein Performing Arts Choreographic Centre NRW & Atelier - Platform for new experimental art
Duration 3 hours