The scholarly specialized library of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation collects German and foreign-language books, newspapers and magazines as well as digital media on the subjects of flight, expulsion and forced migration. Next to current research and academic literature on forced migration and “ethnic cleansings,” on the culture of memory and the confrontation with flight and expulsion, books acquired from the collection of the Deutschlandhaus Foundation constitute an important foundation of the library collection.
The holdings currently encompass about 30,000 media units, 55 current periodicals, and 300 defunct magazines. The magazine collection is currently being integrated into a magazine databank, and can be progressively researched in the ZDB catalogue.
An online library catalogue will offer research access to the libraries of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation, the German Historical Museum, and the Allied Museum.
The library of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation is currently stored in the Foundation’s stacks. Our holdings can only be viewed in the reading room of the library of the German Historical Museum. If you would like to view media from our library, please contact us at email@example.com.
You can view the new acquisitions from the most recent month here.
The Foundation offers the following literature lists as an overview of the standard reference works and current scholarly literature on the library’s primary subjects:
- Forced migration and "ethnic cleansing"
- The flight and expulsion of the Germans
- Experiences of arrival and integration processes for expellees after the Second World War
- Literature on current refugee issues
- Children’s and youth literature
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 library is a member of the AGGB (Working Group of Memorial Libraries). The entire AGGB catalogue, with its focus on the history of National Socialism, currently lists the holdings of 19 institutions.
The library is also a member of the KOBV (Cooperative Library Association Berlin-Brandenburg) and the BVB (Bavarian Library Association). The library’s holdings can also be found in these association catalogues.