Researching the Displaying Differences of Kreuzberg Museum from Other Heimat(Local) Museums within the Scope of Migration and Social IdentityThesis Proposal
Kreuzberg is a district in Berlin, where a multicultural structure provides rather different aspects on its inhabitants. Before the wall came down, Kreuzberg was a ghettodistrict where immigrants lived. Today, Kreuzberg attracts artists, students, musicians,tourists, young people who enjoy the area’s old, colorful streets, ethnic shops, interestingatmosphere and nightlife at one side. On the other hand, Kreuzberg is considered asdangerous area by many people and that it is taken by foreigners. Conservative party triesto initiate propagandas to provoke voters in Kreuzberg to “make Germans feel that theyare in Germany.” However, most of German have left this area because it is increasingly populated by immigrants. With immigrants come poverty and an increased crime rate.Considerable numbers of German families refuse to send their children to schools wheremostly children of immigrant families attend.“Kreuzberg Museum” is located in the middle of Kreuzberg, a three-minute walk from the subway station “Kottbusser Tor”. Kreuzberg used to belong to West-Berlinwhen the city was divided. The district is ethnically very diverse. By far, the largest andthe most visible minority group were Turks, who are even a majority in some of itsneighbourhoods. Kreuzberg Museum is the third of its kind that concentrates on localhistory of migration.Cooperation between Kreuzberg Museum and Kreuzberg e.V is founded in 1991.