The Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation will offer a public reading room for archival materials and the library holdings, thereby making it a central location for visitors who want to conduct deeper investigations into the Foundation’s topics.
The reference library will be open to all interested parties, and especially for researchers from Germany and abroad. The Foundation’s library will thereby be an important addition to the existing institutions in Berlin’s landscape of memorials.
The scholarly specialized library collects German and foreign-language books, newspapers and magazines as well as digital media. Next to current research and academic literature on forced migration and ethnic “cleansings,” on the culture of memory and the confrontation with flight and expulsion, books acquired from the collection of the Deutschlandhaus Foundation constitute an important foundation of the library collection.
The future Documentation Center will offers visitors a total of 30 individual and group workstations, some of which will be equipped as media stations.
For current information on the library, click here.
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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