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German-Danish Workshop with Refugee Children from the Second World War

Twelve people who were accommodated in Danish camps as German refugees after 1945 responded to an invitation from the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation and the Museums of Varde to appear on March 1, 2019. Experts from both institutions took the opportunity at the workshop in Berlin to learn more about the fate of these people who, as children, had to flee their eastern German homelands to Denmark via the Baltic Sea, or who were born in camps.

Both institutions introduced their plans to the guests, some of whom had traveled great distances to be there. The former refugees then spoke extensively about their fates after the Second World War. The workshop was also a special opportunity for people with the same childhood experiences in Danish camps to come together and meet one another.

Eyewitness testimonies are important sources for the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation and the future Refugee Museum of Denmark, which will be located at the former Oksböl camp, because such reports enable the presentation of various perspectives on the subject, as well as stories of flight.

© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Twelve eyewitnesses at the workshop with relatives and staff from the the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation and the Museums of Varde.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Roswitha Nymoen (now lives in Berlin) tells Danish historian John V. Jensen (Museums of Varde) about her memories of the Oksböl camp.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Hartmut Idzko, whose parents had to flee from the Masurian town of Lyck to Denmark, speaking with archivist Jörg Schlösser from the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Gisela Gräf (left) was born in the Oksböl camp in 1946 and handed over her Danish birth certificate, among other things, to Dr. Nils Köhler (Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation).
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Barbara Kurowska (Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation) listens to Hans Schiller (at right) as he explains records that document the resettlement of his parents from Lithuania to Farther Pomerania as a consequence of the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
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