"RückBlende" - the flood disaster in the Ahrtal: photo exhibition at Ilmenau University Library

Mädchen steht in den Trümmern, die das Unwetter hinterlassen hatJörg Hauenstein
Ina P. from Ahrbrück, 12 years old: "Get out of the village as fast as you can".

The University Library of the TU Ilmenau is showing a photo exhibition about the flood disaster in the Ahrtal and the Eifel. The portraits of those affected, taken five months after the devastating flood of July 14, 2021, allow personal insights into the fates of people in the flooded areas. The exhibit is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays during library hours from August 29 through September 29, and admission is free.

The photo show tells stories of the night of the flood and the time after. Within a few hours, 44000 houses had been completely or partially destroyed. Five months after the disaster, the inhabitants of the affected areas have only just begun to come to terms with the traumatic experiences. People have to cope with far more than the loss of material things. Many feared for their lives, their homes and their livelihoods. Looking into the faces of those affected makes people concerned themselves. The traveling exhibition, which was developed by the association Adventsmenschen e. V., is dedicated to these people.

Adventsmenschen e. V. is a non-profit association from Bodenbach in the Eifel region that has been helping people in need since 2018, years before the floods in western Germany. Since the flood disaster, the association's work has been predominantly focused on flood relief.



Christine Fahr
University Library

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