The SS: Versatile Extremism
The SS is
one of the most infamous organisations in history. The name SS immediately
recalls images of blond Aryan men, ruthless camp guards, and death squads.
However, this image is incomplete. The SS was a very broad criminal
organisation that aimed to influence everyaspect of society. Who knew
that the SS organised archaeological expeditions to Tibet to support its racist
theories, forced prisoners to plant herb gardens at concentration camps, and
that the Waffen-SS was one of the most multicultural organisations on earth
with soldiers from over 30 countries? In this exhibition you will see the many
faces of evil.
From 11 October 2017 to 15 April 2018 the National Liberation Museum will present
the exhibition ‘The SS: Versatile Extremism’ which will elaborate on the
unknown and hidden history of the SS, its structure, its cruelties, and all its
weird and bizarre aspects.
often appears in media in myths, fish stories, and stereotypes. The SS is also
romanticized in sensationalist pulp documentaries, organisations of ex-SS members,
and neo-Nazis. This makes the subject of the SS vulnerable to falsifications of
history. The National Liberation Museum then also presents this exhibition with
a specific goal in mind: preventing misinformation on one of the most evil
organisations of the Second World War and giving a broader and more complete
image of the SS.
The common thread is versatile extremism: the goal of the SS
was to drive the National Socialist ideology to the extreme. The SS did this in
every aspect of life ranging from medicine to corporate life and the Germanisation of
Christmas. In all this, the SS was heavily influenced by the personal
irrationality and cruelty of the eccentric people in charge and particularly by
Himmler’s personal ideas on race, antisemitism and old-Germanic mysticism.
Versatile Extremism’ shows extraordinary objects and photographs on loan from
Dutch and German museums and collections amongst which the Eyewitness Museum in
Beek and Porzellanikon in Selb. These highlights will be shown along with
impressive photographs, video footage and astonishing biographies.
Exhibition 'The SS: Versatile Extremism'
The SS is one of the most infamous organisations in history. The name SS immediately recalls images of blond Aryan men, ruthless camp guards, and death squads.
Group Day Packages 2017
The National Liberation Museum has a number of special group day packages in 2017.
Battlefield tours 2017
The National Liberation Museum offers various battlefield tours in 2017: bus tours, bicycle tours and battlefield tours in historical army vehicles.
Liberation Festival & Children’s Flea Market 2017
The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 in Groesbeek holds its yearly Liberation Festival with different fun activities on Sunday 17 September 2017.
Freedom Shorts: short films by new talent
In cooperation with AC Films and many other film makers, the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 presents a selection of twelve short films about the war and the liberation on Friday 15 September 2017.
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