The exhibition is the latest step in Germany's ongoing and wide-ranging efforts to address its Nazi past, in this case by examining the approach of the West German Ministry of Justice which was housed in a castle called the Rosenburg.
The Rosenburg Project was initiated in 2012 when the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) commissioned an independent team of researchers headed by historian Professor Manfred Görtemaker and legal scholar Professor Christoph Safferling to examine how the Ministry dealt with the Nazi past in the 1950s and 60s.
Topics investigated by the commission included the following: continuities between the Nazi and West German periods regarding personnel and basic approach; the prosecution of Holocaust-related crimes; amnesties; and policies related to the statute of limitations on Nazi crimes.
The results of the concluding report, titled "The Rosenburg Files," were presented for the first time in 2017 in a travelling exhibition in Germany.
The German Embassy supports the inaugural exhibit in the U.S. presented by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in co-operation with the Elliot School. The exhibit is divided into nine sections which feature display stands and multi-media content and draw on biographies and original quotes.
With this exhibition, the German Ministry of Justice seeks to present the findings of "The Rosenburg Files" to a wide audience and to raise awareness of the historical injustices that took place.
Please join in the opening ceremony on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm with opening remarks by Katarina Barley, Federal Minister of Justice for Germany. The ceremony and reception will take place at The Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 213, 1957 E St. NW, Washington, DC.