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Foundation

Chronology

2017

The Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation publishes an integrated concept for its future permanent exhibition. The draft was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees beforehand.

2016

The topping-out ceremony for the Foundation’s future Documentation Center will take place on October 17, 2016. The topping-off wreath will be raised above the new building, in the presence of Monika Grütters, Federal Minister of Cultural Affairs and Media; Monika Thomas, Director of the Architecture, Construction, and Federal Buildings Department in the Federal Ministry of Construction; Petra Wesseler, the President of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR); Jürgen Gehb, the spokesperson for the Board of the Federal Institute for Real Estate Management (BlmA); and architect Stefan Marte as well as several people from the construction team, planners, designers, participants and guests.

At its meeting of October 17, 2016, the Board of Trustees, chaired by Federal Commissioner Grütters, appointed a new, twelve-member Advisory Council. Efforts to recruit a member from Poland will continue.

The Board of Trustees selected Dr Gundula Bavendamm as the new director on 22 February 2016. She assumed office on 1 April 2016.

2015

On 30 November 2015, the Board of Trustees appointed Uwe Neumärker as the Foundation’s Interim Director.

In November 2015, Prof. Dr Winfrid Halder announced that he would no longer be able to serve as director due to personal reasons.

The Board of Trustees selected Prof. Dr Winfrid Halder as the new director on 29 June 2015.

2014

On 11 December 2014 the Board of Trustees decides in its meeting to grant the request by the Director, Prof. Dr Manfred Kittel, to pursue other activities and releases him from his responsibilities. Until the post is occupied, three leading Foundation employees are available as points of contact, in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Culture (BKM), for their respective fields of responsibility.

2013

On 11 June 2013, an event celebrating the start of construction on the documentation centre of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation takes place in the Deutschlandhaus and is attended by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Commissioner Bernd Neumann.

The competition for the design of the outdoor area and the “art on the building” at the Exhibition, Documentation and Information Center of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation will be decided on 28 January 2013. The prize jury, chaired by landscape architect Gabriele Pütz, is awarding first prize to the design by the ANNABAU architecture and landscape working group with the artist Via Lewandowsky (both in Berlin).

2012

At its meeting of 25 June 2012, the Board of Trustees approved the expanded proposal as the “Proposal for the Work of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation and for the Planned Permanent Exhibition”.

The Foundation is participating in the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art with its project “Remembering piece by piece”, which will present the results of an international call for collections from 27 April to 1 July 2012.

2011

In its meeting of 4 November 2011, the jury, chaired by architect Hanno Chef-Hendriks, awards two first prizes, one to Marte.Marte Architekten ZT GmbH (Weiler/Austria) and the other to F29 Architekten GmbH (Dresden). After negotiations with both architecture firms, Marte.Marte was selected to convert the Deutschlandhaus.

The architectural competition for the renovation and conversion of the Deutschlandhaus – the future location of the exhibition, information and documentation centre of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation – begins in June 2011.

The Advisory Council holds its constitutive meeting on 28 January 2011 and elects Prof. Dr Stefan Troebst (Leipzig) as chairman and Prof. Dr Joachim Scholtyseck (Bonn) as deputy chairman.

2010

At its meeting of 22 November 2010, the Board of Trustees appoints a new, expanded Advisory Council.

The expanded Board of Trustees, elected by the Bundestag on 7 July 2010, holds its constitutive meeting on 25 October 2010 under the chairmanship of Federal Commissioner Bernd Neumann. He welcomes the “Proposal for the Work of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation and the Planned Permanent Exhibition” as a good basis for consultation.

Together with the German Historical Museum and the International Association of Museums of History (IAMH), the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation organises the international symposium, “Flight, Expulsion, ‘Ethnic Cleansing’: A challenge for the work of museums and exhibitions worldwide” in September 2010. At this conference, Director Manfred Kittel publicly introduces his proposal for the Foundation’s remit for the first time.

Due to an agreement with the government coalition dated February 2010, the legal regulations for the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation are revised, expanding the number of members on the Board of Trustees (from 13 to 21) and on the Advisory Council (from nine to 15). The museum’s useable floor space is increased from approximately 2000 to 3000 square meters.

2009

At its July 2009 meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation elects Dr Manfred Kittel as the founding Director and appoint an Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is constituted in December 2009.

The constitutive meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation is held on 13 May 2009.

2008

The Federal Government introduces a proposal for a “visible symbol against flight and expulsion” in March 2008. On the basis of this proposal, the German Bundestag passes a law establishing the German Historical Museum Foundation (DHMG) in December 2008. Section 2 of the law creates the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation as a dependent foundation under the auspices of the German Historical Museum Foundation.

2005

In a coalition agreement of November 2005, the CDU, CSU and SPD commit “to societal and historical confrontation of forced migration, flight and expulsion.” The ruling parties resolve to provide a visible symbol in Berlin “[…] to remember the injustices of expulsion and to prohibit expulsion forever.”

This is the coalition’s response to an initiative by Erika Steinbach, CDU politician and president of the Federation of Expellees, and SPD politician Peter Glotz, which became known as the Centre against Expulsions.

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