Permanent exhibition

History of the former police prison Klapperfeld – History and use during National Socialism – 1886-1945

The exhibition presents the results of the research of »Faites votre jeu!« through panels, photographs, videographic interviews with contemporary witnesses, short biographies and contemporary documents.

Shown are the origins of the establishment of the Klapperfeld and its context at the end of the 19th century, as well as the changes in social attitudes towards the principle of detention. Another part deals with the history of the Klapperfeld in the Weimar Republic. The role of the police prison during the Nazi era represents the core of this exhibition. During this time, people persecuted by the Nazi regime were imprisoned and tortured in Klapperfeld. From here they were deported to different prisons, concentration or extermination camps. In the context of the depiction of the Nazi past of the prison both individual biographies of prisoners, as well as prison »everyday life« of various detainees, are addressed. Another aspect is the use of the Klapperfeld by the US Army during »denazification« in Frankfurt.

In addition to the exhibition, a timeline on the ground floor offers a fragmentary overview of prison history. Please note that – except for the timeline – this exhibition is in German only (for now), though parts of it are available in English online.

Further information:

The permanent exhibitions of the Klapperfeld prison are open every Saturday from 3 to 6 pm. Additionally one of the exhibitions can be visited during every public event held in the prison.

Every 1st Saturday of the month at 5 pm we also offer a public tour.

Groups, school classes etc. who wish to visit the exhibition outside of regular opening hours are invited to contact us in order to make an appointment for a guided tour. Please, call us or write an e-mail.