Visitor Information

The Documentation Centre provides information about the causes, dimensions and consequences of displacement, expulsion and forced migration in twentieth-century Europe and beyond. The main focus is on the displacement and expulsion of Germans at the end of the Second World War, which was initiated by Germany. The Documentation Centre offers exhibitions, a library and a testimony archive, tours and workshops, events, a shop and a restaurant.

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Exhibition © Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung, Foto: Markus Gröteke

The Exhibition

The exhibition illuminates politically, ethnically and religiously motivated forced migrations, primarily in twentieth-century Europe, but also beyond. The displacement and expulsion of Germans during and after the Second World War, which was initiated by Germany, constitute the focus of the exhibition’s narrative. The exhibition focuses on questions of universal significance: Why are people expelled or forced to migrate? What are the paths they have to travel? What does it mean to lose one’s homeland? How can those affected make a new start?

A multifaceted presentation of original objects, documents and photographs as well as life stories awaits you.

Supplementary special exhibitions will be presented in a 450 square metre space on the ground floor starting from spring 2022.

Library Library & Testimony Archive © aatvos bv / Marco Heyda

Library & Testimony Archive

We invite you to visit the scholarly library and our archive with documents, reports on displacement, and moving eyewitness interviews, all located in the first upper floor of the Documentation Centre. There you can delve deeper into our topics and gain fascinating insights into oral history and genealogical research. Here you can also conduct electronic research in significant holdings and databases of other institutions related to these subjects.

About us

The Federal Foundation for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation is in charge of the documentation center.


Contact
T +49 30 206 29 98-0
info@f-v-v.de

Press Contact
T +49 30 206 29 98-20
presse@f-v-v.de

Address
Foundation for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Stresemannstr. 90
10963 Berlin
Germany

Dokumentationszentrum © Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung, Foto: Dawin Meckel

Opening Hours

Tue - Sun 10 am - 7 pm

Library & Testimony Archive

Tue - Fri 10 am - 7 pm

Free Admission

Vogelperspektive des Dokumentationszentrums mit Beschriftung der Umgebung © Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung, Foto: Wolfgang Chodan

How to get there

Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Stresemannstraße 90
10963 Berlin

Google Maps

S Anhalter Bahnhof
S1, S2, S25, S26

S Anhalter Bahnhof
M29, M41

Please use public transportation as there is no car park next to the Documentation Centre.

Our services

For tourists and international guests

Overview Tours of the Permanent Exhibition Diverse objects, evocative stories and controversial questions in 60 minutes: We offer public guided tours that give an overview of the permanent exhibition.

For students and young people

Dialogue and participation-oriented guided tours through the exhibition in 90 minutes for young people and school classes.

Residents

Public guided tours and thematic tours on the subject of displacement and expulsion with a regional focus, including Silesia, East Prussia, Southeastern Europe, and regions where displacement is an issue today.

For contemporary witnesses and their descendants

Introduction to genealogical research and oral history.

For teachers and trainee teachers

Multi-perspective and methodically varied workshops link the topics of flight and expulsion to overarching curricular learning fields, such as migration and population, culture of remembrance or identity. On request, we offer preparatory and follow-up materials.

For scientists and researchers

Events and conferences link the topics of flight and expulsion, academic library and testimony archive with diverse opportunities for research, digital access to library inventories and database of further institutions.

Accessible services

Our documentation centre offers inclusive access for as many visitors as possible. This includes a tactile guidance system, stations that can be experienced by touch, as well as videos in German sign language. The audio guide and explanatory films provide information in plain language.

Educational Services © Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung

Educational Services

Diverse and multi-perspective educational formats, including tours, workshops, continuing education, and instructional materials for preparing and following up in the classroom.

Dokumentationszentrum © Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung, Foto: Dawin Meckel

Architecture

The spectacular architecture of Stefan and Bernhard Marte combines the historically listed building with striking new construction. A slim gap that allows daylight to stream in connects the two building section.