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The period following the end of the Second World War was characterized by constant migration: people were on the move. Millions of former forced laborers and other people who had been uprooted as a result of the war – and who were now defined as Displaced Persons (DPs) – lived in various camps, returned to their native countries, or emigrated to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and South America, or to other European countries.
The aim of the “Transnational Remembrance” project is to use specific examples to explore the wide variety of paths they took and to research the places connected with their migration. The paths of life of more than 1700 liberated East and West European forced laborers and other DPs can be traced online. The trails that lead from their places of birth through the places where they did forced labor to the towns they emigrated to form a network that spans the entire world.

Digital and Interactive map

The Digital and Interactive map of the world and the integrated filters make it possible to view the paths traveled by individual DPs or by entire groups, such as DPs who were born in Minsk, for example, or DPs who emigrated to Argentina.

Digital and Interactive map

Story Maps

The Story Maps present the special conditions which surrounded the lives and emigration of specific groups of DPs. They throw light on the fate of Displaced Persons who emigrated to Great Britain, for example, or who received treatment for trauma.

Educational material

Forced labor and displacement deserve a place in the classroom and other educational settings. The educational material provides ideas for approaching these topics with students.

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Get active!

Get involved in “Transnational Remembrance”: Create your own Story Map on the fate of a former forced laborer or comment on the documents in the Online-Archive of the Arolsen Archives.

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Participating organisations

“Transnational Remembrance” is a joint project of NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück, History Workshop Minsk and the Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution. The project was financed by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ).

NIOD
NIOD
University of Osnabrück / IMIS
University of Osnabrück / IMIS
History Workshop Minsk
History Workshop Minsk
Stiftung EVZ
Stiftung EVZ
Arolsen Archives
Arolsen Archives

Contact

Please contact us if you would like to add an individual Story Map on a person you are related to or on someone you have researched. “Transnational Remembrance” is supposed to grow and contributions are more than welcome. Feel free to contact us if any questions arise.