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In several rooms the Museum displays a wide and varied range of exhibits about the time during the Second World War.

The Museum is housed in the old Town Hall and police station of the city of Århus. The building dates from 1857, and up to 2  July 1941 it functioned as the Town Hall of the Municipality of Århus. Then the building was taken over by the police.

The Danish police force was interned on 19 September 1944. Then the building stood empty until Royal Air Force (the RAF) on 31 October 1944 bombed the University and destroyed the Gestapo headquarters and a sizeable part of the documents and records that were becoming a very potential threat to the Resistance in and around Århus. The Germans moved into the building, and here they interrogated prisoners and subjected them to torture in the very cellars and prison cells now housing the Museum.

Therefore, the building is of great significance from a historical point of view to the Resistance and the supporters of the Museum 

The square in front of the Museum

From the entrance you go directly into the passage with the cells. One of the cells shows the original wartime arrangement. In the other cell the interior originates from a similar cell originally in use in the Vester Allé prison.

  

                          During breaks under the interrogation the prisoners were transferred to the Vester Allé prison. These convoys of prisoners were entered in the logbooks of all convoys of prisoners between the prison and the interrogation rooms in the Gestapo headquarters.

 

 Cell interior from the Vester Allé prisonDifferent interrogation instruments, etc.Caricatures  

      

Various caricatures are shown in one of the cells.

An exhibition case also contains different kinds of equipment and instruments used under the interrogation and at the convoy of prisoners.

Ration coupons and ration cards, tobacco, substitutes and clothes made of available material such as flax, parachute silk, sackcloth, etc. are displayed in the very passage. Shoes made of the skin of plaice can also be seen. Stoves, hayboxes, gas producers and many other things are also displayed.

In the lowest floor rooms there are exhibitions of permits, passes, sundry illegal publications,

propaganda objects, leaflets, armbands for various services and corps, caricatures, bomb fragments from the explosion at the Århus port, a few parts from an English aircraft, and many, many other objects.

Ration cards and ration couponsClothes made of  flax, and parachute silkHayboxes, stoves and substitutessackcloth

In another room the exhibition comprises German reading material, medals, badges, various unit emblems, German equipment of any kind, uniforms, knives, hand grenades, and day and radio room, original key maps of "Das Dritte Reich" (The Third Reich), ammunition, foot mines, standards and flags, etc.

Uniforms, drawings of fortifications near Århus, pictures of the construction of these fortifications, etc. are shown in another room.

An exhibition of the kitchen of that time, a blackout curtain, sabotage equipment, objects from various internment camps and especially "souvenirs" made during and after the war can be seen in the passage

The last room contains a display of weapons, the dropping of arms, the liquidation of informers, underground radios, flight maps of tissue paper, a miniature model of the map table used by the RAF for training the bombing of the University. There is also large index maps of the sabotage and the schalburtage targets that were wholly or partly destroyed during the war.

In the lowest floor rooms there are exhibitions of permits, passes, sundry illegal publications, propaganda objects, leaflets, armbands for various services and corps, caricatures, bomb fragments from the explosion at the Århus port, a few parts from an English aircraft, and many, many other objects.

Various armbands from different corps and servicesBomb fragments from the port explosionPasses and identity cards

In another room the exhibition comprises German reading material, medals, badges, various unit emblems, German equipment of any kind, uniforms, knives, hand grenades, and day and radio room, original key maps of "Das Dritte Reich" (The Third Reich), ammunition, foot mines, standards and flags, etc.

Uniforms, drawings of fortifications near Århus, pictures of the construction of these fortifications, etc. are shown in another room.

An exhibition of the kitchen of that time, a blackout curtain, sabotage equipment, objects from various internment camps and especially "souvenirs" made during and after the war can be seen in the passage.

The last room contains a display of weapons, the dropping of arms, the liquidation of informers, underground radios, flight maps of tissue paper, a miniature model of the map table used by the RAF for training the bombing of the University. There is also large index maps of the sabotage and the schalburtage targets that were wholly or partly destroyed during the war.

 

 

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