Heimat. Tracing the Story of Mitholz
Leaving one’s home, one’s “Heimat”, for ten years: that is reality for the people of Mitholz. In 2020, they were told that they had to leave their village to make way for a clean-up operation to remove live munition left over from World War II. The people of Mitholz and the Swiss Alpine Museum have come together to develop the museum’s new special exhibition in which they explore the meaning of “Heimat” (home) and address the uncertain times that lie ahead of them. At the same time, the exhibition touches on highly current topics such as handling risks and responsibilities of our time and what it means to remember and to forget. One thing is certain: Mitholz concerns us all.
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Bern’s famous arcades
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