The permanent exhibition in the future Documentation Center of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation will occupy a total of 1,700 square meters on the first and second floors. It will explain the causes, process and consequences of ethnically and religiously motivated forced migration in the twentieth and twenty-first century in Europe and beyond. The flight, expulsion and integration of Germans during and after the Second World War constitute the focus of the museum’s narrative.
A diverse presentation of significant original objects, key documents and photographs as well as a contemporary design will present the fate of millions of people to a broad audience in a comprehensible manner. The museum will target visitors to Berlin from Germany and abroad, school classes, academic guests as well as expellees and their descendants. Visitors will be invited to explore the exhibition on their own or in organized tours.
The ground floor of the building will offer temporary exhibitions in a 450-square-meter space. This will make it possible take a deeper look at the themes of the permanent exhibition, to supplement current and historical aspects, introduce partner projects, and to present artistic responses to the subject of forced migration.
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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