Nuremberg – the city of the Nazi Party Rallies, the city of the race laws, the city in which trials against those responsible for the crimes of the Nazi regime took place. How does Nuremberg address this past? How does the city encourage guests to learn about this part of its history? How does one present the traces of this history in a responsible way, without creating sensationalist headlines?
Working under the guiding principle “An Obligation to the Past”, the city of Nuremberg has taken up this task for many decades and has answered its past and future by proclaiming itself the "City of Peace and Human Rights".
Learning lessons from megalomania
The National Socialists discovered Nuremberg early and claimed the city for their national Nazi Party Rallies in 1933. The city which was so important in the first German empire (from 800 to 1806) was intended to become a symbol of eternal glory for the Third Reich.
Monstrous plans were drawn up for the Nazi Party Rally Grounds; World War II put an end to this architectural megalomania. The Documentation Centre Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds in the Congress Hall shows the effects of the regime on the city of Nuremberg and its citizens. In the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, site of the Nuremberg Trials, the Memorium Nuremberg Trials museum keeps the events which took place in Courtroom 600 alive.
The beginning point for a tour of the new Nuremberg, the “City of Peace and Human Rights”, should be “The Way of Human Rights” at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. This public artwork provided the initial spark for a whole series of activities large and small: The Nuremberg Human Rights Prize, the colorful Way of Children’s Rights in the city park and the Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival.
The Way of Human Rights
The Way of Human Rights is entered through a stylized triumphal arch from the Kornmarkt and lined by 27, 8-meter-high concrete pillars.
Intern. Nürnberger Filmfestival der Menschenrechte
Expected October, 2021
Every other year in October, the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) takes place in conjunction with the awards ceremony of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Prize. Documentaries, dramas and animated films, all of a high artistic quality, share have the common goal of underscoring the importance of human dignity and international understanding. The festival center is located in the Künstlerhaus im KunstKulturQuartier. Doris Dörrie, Katja Riemann, Ulrich Gregor and Volker Schlöndorff are among the prominent supporters of this film festival.
Straße der Kinderrechte
Seit dem Jahr 2007 gibt es das Projekt "Straße der Kinderrechte", das im Nürnberger Stadtpark die Artikel der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention spielerisch erfahrbar machen. Alle Stationen, ob die Elternskulptur, die wasserspeiende Schildkröte, das Amphitheater, die Gleichheitsfiguren, der Buchstabenbaum, die Spielstraße oder die Litfaßsäule sind fröhlich und bunt von Kindern und regionalen Künstlern gestaltet worden.