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Current Work

Testimonies

Eyewitness Accounts

The Foundation conducts its own oral history projects and collects existing eyewitness reports from Germany and Europe. Reports of experiences and other personal documents are brought together in an analogue and digital archive. These include various regional and thematic examples that reflect the diversity of experiences and the different perspectives of those affected, thereby illuminating the European and global dimensions of the subject of forced migration.

Narrated history

Audiovisual biographical interviews have been conducted since 2013 for inclusion in the digital eyewitness archive. Thus far, 38 people from different regions have reported on their experiences with flight and expulsion, the loss of their homeland and their new beginnings. The videos and audio documents will be publicly accessible in the Documentation Center. For more information on the interview project, please contact the project manager, Barbara Kurowska.

The Foundation welcomes the submission of written eyewitness reports. Write to us at stories@sfvv.de or contact us by telephone.

Ida Fischer (b. 1935) was interviewed in Wolfsburg in February 2015. Her family, originally from the Black Sea region, was repeatedly forced to leave its home. Ida Fischer spoke of her deportation to Tajikistan after the war and her life there until 1967, when she was permitted to leave to Germany.Isa Engelmann (b. 1936) was interviewed by the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation in 2013. Being expelled from her home Reichenberg/Liberec in the Sudentenland region stayed with her throughout her life. During the interview she spoke about ways of coming to terms with her past and discovering her hometown’s history on site.Heinrich Schreiner (b. 1923) grew up in Hussenbach in the Volga Region. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, he was drafted into the Trudarmiya labor army by Soviet authorities. He had to carry out forced labor under severe conditions in the Perm Region for several years. Even after he was released, he was not allowed to return to the Volga Region. He immigrated to Germany in 1994. In 2013, he was interviewed by the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation.Norbert Kittel (b. 1928) grew up in Breslau, Lower Silesia. In an interview he gave in 2013, he spoke about the close-knit circle of friends from his high school in Breslau, the Elisabet-Gymnasium. Even decades after the end of the war, they continued to meet regularly, even travelling to Polish Wrocław together to maintain the memory of their hometown. Sigrid Dabelstein (b. 1931) told the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation her life story in a video interview in 2013. As a teenager she had witnessed the destruction of her hometown Breslau (today Wrocław) as it was turned into a fortress at the end of the war. She described the difficult months in Breslau in the immediate post-war period as well as the positive experiences she made during visits to her hometown, which is now Polish, since the 1980s.
Ida Fischer (b. 1935) was interviewed in Wolfsburg in February 2015. Her family, originally from the Black Sea region, was repeatedly forced to leave its home. Ida Fischer spoke of her deportation to Tajikistan after the war and her life there until 1967, when she was permitted to leave to Germany.
Ida Fischer © Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Ida Fischer (b. 1935) was interviewed in Wolfsburg in February 2015. Her family, originally from the Black Sea region, was repeatedly forced to leave its home. Ida Fischer spoke of her deportation to Tajikistan after the war and her life there until 1967, when she was permitted to leave to Germany.
Isa Engelmann (b. 1936) was interviewed by the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation in 2013. Being expelled from her home Reichenberg/Liberec in the Sudentenland region stayed with her throughout her life. During the interview she spoke about ways of coming to terms with her past and discovering her hometown’s history on site.
Isa Engelmann © Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Isa Engelmann (b. 1936) was interviewed by the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation in 2013. Being expelled from her home Reichenberg/Liberec in the Sudentenland region stayed with her throughout her life. During the interview she spoke about ways of coming to terms with her past and discovering her hometown’s history on site.
Heinrich Schreiner (b. 1923) grew up in Hussenbach in the Volga Region. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, he was drafted into the Trudarmiya labor army by Soviet authorities. He had to carry out forced labor under severe conditions in the Perm Region for several years. Even after he was released, he was not allowed to return to the Volga Region. He immigrated to Germany in 1994. In 2013, he was interviewed by the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation.
Heinrich Schreiner © Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Heinrich Schreiner (b. 1923) grew up in Hussenbach in the Volga Region. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, he was drafted into the Trudarmiya labor army by Soviet authorities. He had to carry out forced labor under severe conditions in the Perm Region for several years. Even after he was released, he was not allowed to return to the Volga Region. He immigrated to Germany in 1994. In 2013, he was interviewed by the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation.
Norbert Kittel (b. 1928) grew up in Breslau, Lower Silesia. In an interview he gave in 2013, he spoke about the close-knit circle of friends from his high school in Breslau, the Elisabet-Gymnasium. Even decades after the end of the war, they continued to meet regularly, even travelling to Polish Wrocław together to maintain the memory of their hometown.
Norbert Kittel © Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Norbert Kittel (b. 1928) grew up in Breslau, Lower Silesia. In an interview he gave in 2013, he spoke about the close-knit circle of friends from his high school in Breslau, the Elisabet-Gymnasium. Even decades after the end of the war, they continued to meet regularly, even travelling to Polish Wrocław together to maintain the memory of their hometown.
Sigrid Dabelstein (b. 1931) told the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation her life story in a video interview in 2013. As a teenager she had witnessed the destruction of her hometown Breslau (today Wrocław) as it was turned into a fortress at the end of the war. She described the difficult months in Breslau in the immediate post-war period as well as the positive experiences she made during visits to her hometown, which is now Polish, since the 1980s.
Sigrid Dabelstein © Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Sigrid Dabelstein (b. 1931) told the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation her life story in a video interview in 2013. As a teenager she had witnessed the destruction of her hometown Breslau (today Wrocław) as it was turned into a fortress at the end of the war. She described the difficult months in Breslau in the immediate post-war period as well as the positive experiences she made during visits to her hometown, which is now Polish, since the 1980s.

Contact
Dr Andreas Kossert
Phone: +49 (0)30 206 29 98-15
E-Mail: Kossert@sfvv.de

Barbara Kurowska
Phone: +49 (0)30 206 29 98-32
E-Mail: Kurowska@sfvv.de

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