The main task of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation is to establish a new cultural institution. The Foundation’s foremost priority is creating a permanent exhibition on flight and expulsion in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Europe and the world.
The library, collections, and archive are already accessible to the public for research and active participation. Events and numerous cooperative agreements facilitate scholarly networking and offer insight into the Foundation’s themes and work.
You can find information about the latest news from the Foundation in the following.
Where does my family come from? A research guide
Where does my family come from? Who were my great-grandparents? Where did they live, and what did they experience? The Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung (Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation) seeks to offer assistance in answering these questions by publishing this 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.
This guide consists of three parts. The first part provides information on how to conduct systematic research. We provide a step-by-step explanation of how to proceed, advice on which aids to use, and most importantly tips on where research should be conducted. The second part provides useful information about genealogical research, for example on waiting periods for documents related to individual persons, or the proper archiving of historical documents. The third part functions like an address book, presenting essential archives, institutions and points of contact, along with contact information and literature tips.
The “living document” will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have information about new publications, additional research possibilities, or other tips regarding genealogical research, we would be happy to hear from you.