Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation
In 2008, the dependent foundation of the public right Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung was founded. It aims to bear in remembrance flight and expulsion during the Second World War. With the collaboration of museums and research institutes, the Berlin-based foundation understands itself as a constant reminder of these issues. It is supported by the commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media.
Its current work revolves around:
- a collection for a (future) permanent exhibition on the topic of flight and expulsion in the twentieth and the twenty first century all around the world.
This includes posters, political propaganda such as leaflets, photo albums and single photographs, maps, personal documents, brochures, newspapers, works of art like paintings or three-dimensional objects, baggage and vehicles used by people who fled, postcards, advertisements concerning tourism in former German or German-settled areas. Some objects out of the collection of the (dissolved) Foundation Deutschlandhaus are exhibited there.
- a scolarly specialized library with German and foreign-language books, newspapers, magazines and digital media concerning flight, expulsion and forced migration;
- an archive with reports of contemporary witnesses, escape stories, testimonies, diaries, regional chronicles, town indexes, letters and more;
Additionally, you can also have a look at the files of the House for the East German Homeland (dissoluted in 1974) and of the Foundation Deutschlandhaus (dissoluted in 1999) as well as numerous literary estates of authors.
Provision occurs either as originals or digitally at media workstations and online.
- work with testimonies like collecting eyewitness reports or conducting audiovisual biographical interviews for the digital eyewitness archive;
- scholarly networking throught events and cooperative agreements;
- various publications.