The Museum of Work (Museum der Arbeit) strives to preserve evidences of a vanishing industrial culture and to prepare and display them for a wide audience. In its exhibitions the museum tries to show what impact the process of industrialisation have had on man, society and nature. Yet man, not machines, furnishes the starting and focal point throughout the museum’s considerations.
The project ‘BallinStadt Auswandererwelt Hamburg’ was also managed by the Museum of Work.
Together with the Hamburg Authority for Culture (Kulturbehörde Hamburg) and the LeisureWorkGroup GmbH, the Museum of Work invited to the official opening ceremony of the Museum „BallinStadt Auswandererwelt Hamburg“ – located on the Elbe River’s Veddel Island in Hamburg.
The BallinStadt is dedicated to the five million European emigrants who fled prosecution, poorness and hunger. They left their homelands over the Hamburg harbour around the turn of the twentieth century. Between 1898 and 1901 the renowned German shipping company HAPAG under its General Manager Albert Ballin financed and built mass accommodation at the Port of Hamburg for the many thousands of people from all over Europe who arrived in the city every week. In the last years the three buildings of the BallinStadt were rebuild on the historical ground of the original ‘Emigrants Halls’.
The official opening ceremony of the ’BallinStadt Auswandererwelt Hamburg’ took place on the meaningful date of 4 July 2007. More than 650 top-class guests from politics, industry and culture followed the invitation in a pavilion in the park of BallinStadt. Amongst the laudatory speakers were the mayor of Hamburg, Ole von Beust, the US General Consul, Duane Butcher, the main sponsors represented through Michael Behrendt, Hapag Lloyd, and Dr Werner Marnette, Norddeutsche Affinierie, as well as the well-known historian Professor Arnulf Baring. Another highlight of the programme was the performance of the philharmonic orchestra Hamburg conducted by Simone Young. Further musical performances included songs of emigrants played on a historical accordion and the children choir of the Veddel school. Also very touching and interesting were the interviews of descendants of emigrants that left their home countries over BallinStadt and of representatives of Ellis Island New York and ancestry.de. The programme was moderated by the well-known TV journalist Tom Buhrow together with his wife, the awarded journalist and book author, Sabine Stamer.
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