The first version of the Anti-War Museum, or Anti Kriegs Museum in German, was founded by Ernst Friedrich in Berlin in the 1920s. Before establishing the museum, he was an active member in an anti-military group and wrote a book called War Against War. Not surprisingly, his museum was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. Friedrich eventually moved to Paris and started a peace center there.
Fifteen years after Friedrich's 1967 death, the Anti-War Museum (Anti-Kriegs Museum) was reopened in Berlin by his grandson and a group of volunteers. Today it displays photographs, documents and objects from both World Wars and also includes an air raid shelter from World War II, complete with authentic objects to convey the feeling of unease during the Berlin bombings.
A large map of the world shows present day wars and conflicts. You can also find exhibits on modern war, such as chemical and biological warfare. In addition, the museum provides information and changing exhibits on current issues and the peace movement.
The Anti Kriegs Museum is located at Bruesseler Str. 21. It is open daily from 4 to 8 p.m.