The Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation collects written documents related to the subject of flight, expulsion and forced migration for its archive. The materials include testimonies, diaries, letters, regional chronicles, site documentation, town indexes and census lists, selected photographs, maps, audio and video material, and estates. The archive focuses on eyewitness accounts that document personal experiences related to forced migration.
Apart from biographical records, the archive also holds the documentation of the Foundation “House for the East German Homeland”, accumulated up to its dissolution in 1974, as well as documents of the Foundation Deutschlandhaus, gathered up to its disbandment in 1999. The archive also encompasses numerous literary estates from the collection of the Foundation Deutschlandhaus, including those of Ruth Hoffmann, Gustav Renner, Eberhard König, and Gerhard von Amyntor.
All of the holdings are systematically organized and will be made available to interested parties in the Documentation Center’s reading room.
The Foundation has published a guide for family research. This manual provides an overview of a sensible approach and identifies central contacts and institutions. It focuses on researching the histories of families from the former eastern provinces of Prussia and the former German settlement areas in Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe. You can find the research guide here.
The Foundation appreciates help in building up its collection, especially by people who have experienced flight, expulsion or forced migration themselves, or who have another personal connection with this topic. Objects that are associated with a specific part of someone’s life story are especially interesting to us.
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by telephone.
Twelve million refugees and expellees were registered in East and West Germany in 1950. They had to eke out a living under extremely difficult economic and social conditions. Cultural differences also presented a challenge to the coexistence of the locals and the new arrivals. This is also evident in the traditional clothing that some Hungarian Germans continued to wear.
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