The Documentation Center of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation is being built in the heart of Berlin, not far from Potsdamer Platz. It will provide generous space for the Foundation’s offerings, with over 6,000 square meters and three floors.
The future domicile of the Foundation is the former Deutschlandhaus building, which is owned by the Federal Institute for Real Estate Management. The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning supervises the renovations in accordance with the plans by Marte.Marte Architects. The architects’ design skillfully combines the historically listed building with striking new construction.
The Documentation Center will offer a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions, a public reading room with a library, an archive, and eyewitness reports as well as events, educational programs, and a Room of Stillness for individual reflection. The building will also house a restaurant and café.
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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