Blick in den Lesesaal © includi / Marco Heyda

Library & Testimony Archive

On the first floor of the Documentation Centre, an open place of knowledge has been created, a space to linger and talk. Our interest in people and their stories is reflected in the design, which the Foundation's team developed with the designers and architects of includi (led by creative director Aat Vos) from Groningen (Netherlands).

After the tour of the exhibition, we invite you to visit the reading room of the library & testimony archive to read books and browse through personal personal accounts and reflect on what you have learned. Around 40 individual and group workstations as well as seating areas are available to you on 400 square metres, also for a longer stay. At media stations you can research our holdings and external databases on family research.

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Lesesaal Der Lesesaal von Bibliothek und Zeitzeugenarchiv © includi/ Marco Heyda

Opening Hours

Tue - Fri 10am - 7pm


The Foundation's scientific library collects German and foreign-language books, newspapers and magazines as well as digital media. The thematic focus includes not only displacement and expulsion of Germans at the end of the Second World War, but also forced migrations in Europe and beyond.
In addition to current research and specialist literature on the focal points of displacement and expulsion, forced migrations and "ethnic cleansing" as well as remembrance culture, the holdings of the former "Stiftung Deutschlandhaus", which ceased to exist in 1999, form an important foundation.


The library's holdings can be searched in various catalogues:

Online Library Catalogue

Journal Holdings in the Journal Database (ZDB)

Journal Holdings in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB)

Interview mit Ida Fischer © Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung

Oral History Collection

At the media stations in the reading room, you can research numerous contemporary witness interviews. So far, the Foundation has conducted over 60 life history interviews lasting several hours, in which a wide variety of dimensions of displacement and expulsion are addressed. The life-history approach makes it possible to place the subjective experience of forced migration in a life before and after and to analyse the different effects.

Ihre Ansprechpartner

Sie haben Fragen zu Bibliothek und Zeitzeugenarchiv?

Dr. Nils Köhler

Head of Documentation & Research/ Absence of the Director

Dr. Andreas Kossert

Research associate

Barbara Kurowska

Research associate Testimony Archive (on parental leave)

Anka Lück


Jörg Schlösser