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.
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 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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