Numerous eyewitness reports will be available to visitors in the library’s public reading room and the archive of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation. These materials will be open to all interested parties, and especially for researchers from Germany and abroad.
The Foundation conducts its own oral history projects and collects existing eyewitness reports from Germany and Europe. Eyewitness accounts and other personal documents are brought together in an analogue and digital archive. These cover 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.
The future Documentation Center will offer visitors a total of 30 individual and group workstations, some of which will be equipped as media stations.
For more current information on the testimonies, 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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