A German institution confronts its troubled past. A Conversation with Klaus Vogel, Director of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden.May 2, 2006, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
One of the first museums of its kind, the German Hygiene Museum (GHM) was created during the progressiveness of the early 20th century. Swept into Germany’s programs for “public health” and “social reform,” the GHM became a tool in the racial eugenics movement of the Nazis and later under communism.
This fall the GHM hosts the Holocaust Museum’s exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. Mr. Vogel will discuss why this exhibition is important for Germany today and its particular significance in light of contemporary antisemitism and neo-Nazism. Moderated by Sara Bloomfield, Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
This program is made possible by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.
Klaus Vogel began working in 1991 with the German Hygiene Museum on a re-conceptualization that would move it away from its focus on medicine and the sciences and into a discussion forum for the ethical and cultural implications of scientific progress. The GHM’s permanent exhibition, which was entirely re-conceived due to Mr. Vogel’s initiative, was newly opened in 2005. And in 2004, it began including contemporary art exhibitions.
Sara Bloomfield joined the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1986 when it was a project in development and served in a number of positions before becoming director in 1999. Ms. Bloomfield has advised memorials and museums around the world, such as the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Argentine government’s effort to memorialize the victims of “the Dirty War,” and the Iraq Memory Foundation.