NS-Documentation Centre Krefeld
The Villa Merländer as an exhibition space
At the beginning of the 1990s, the city of Krefeld decided to establish a NS documentation centre in the rooms of the Villa Merländer. Since then, the institution and the Villa Merländer e.V. have been dedicated to the elucidation and presentation of the National Socialist persecution in the silk city. Since its opening in 1991, numerous biographies of victims of National Socialism in Krefeld have been documented through conversations with contemporary witnesses and research work. The results of this work can be found today in the building on Friedrich-Ebert-Straße. German-Jewish history can be traced here. The exhibition "Krefeld under National Socialism" is permanently located here. The former living room of the villa is used as an event room. Readings, lectures, film screenings and small concerts take place here.
The NS-Documentation Centre is also a scientific research institution with its own archive. It is therefore also a contact point for families who wish to research their own family history: By inspecting various documents and eyewitness accounts, we can help to trace family histories.
The Villa Merländer as an exhibition by Heinrich Campendonk
The art of Heinrich Campendonk was also considered "degenerate" in National Socialism. Campendonk, who was born in Krefeld, created two large murals for Richard Merländer's villa a few years earlier. While Richard Merländer was still living in the villa, he had them covered with wallpaper - well before 1933. During the renovation of the villa, the murals reappeared and can now be viewed in an exhibition.
The Villa Merländer as an educational centre
As a NS-documentation site, we are committed against forgetting, both with guided tours and with various events on our premises and in the entire Krefeld city area. On our sub-page on the subject of educational work at the Villa Merländer you can find out more about events and possibilities in cooperation with the Villa Merländer.
The chronicle of the NS-Documentation Centre
Villa Merländer in numbers
At a glance
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