80 years after brutal repression, a multimedia portal documents the fate of trade unions under the Nazi regime
The building at Dudenstrasse 16, right near Platz der Luftbrücke, still bears a sign in pale yellow lettering marking it as the home of the Association of German Book Printers (Verband der deutschen Buchdrucker). There is also a plaque commemorating the life of architect Max Taut. But there are no outward signs recalling the dramatic events of May 2, 1933, when the Nazis crushed the association, along with all the other free trade unions. Many unionists were jailed. Sites of remembrance like this are located all over Berlin – but hardly anyone has recalled them, at least up until now. A multimedia online portal launched by students at Freie Universität Berlin now makes these sites visible. The portal is also suitable for use with tablet computers.