The Münchner Stadtmuseum’s latest exhibition "Munich Displaced. After 1945 and without a Homeland” (July 5, 2023 – January 1, 2024) traces the long-forgotten fates and accounts of around one hundred thousand DPs who ended up in Munich in 1945. For the very first time, the public will be able to explore the post-war history of former forced laborers, prisoners of war, political concentration camp prisoners and refugees in Munich and its wider area through this research-led exhibition. Some of these displaced persons spent months or even years in DP camps, and this gave them an opportunity to obtain the schooling they would need for their future lives.
This exhibition features a range of educational institutions including the Russian-language high school at the Schleißheim DP camp, the international UNRRA University, the Ukrainian Free University, and the Tolstoy Library. All displaced persons were supposed either to return to their country of origin or eventually resettle elsewhere, and yet thousands remained in Munich. Our exhibition also traces the family histories of residents of Munich who had come from Ukraine, Armenia, Kalmykia, and Russia and settled in the Ludwigsfeld housing estate. It paints the face of this extremely diverse community of displaced persons from Eastern Europe by showing personal photographs, sharing their stories through audio recordings and video and shining a light on this gap in our culture of remembrance. An overview of around 40 Munich DP addresses demonstrates just how much our multifaceted research into this area has progressed and highlights the gaps that remain to be filled.
By documenting the history of Munich's displaced persons, the city’s Jewish Museum – "Munich Displaced. The Surviving Remnant" – and the Münchner Stadtmuseum have shone a new and timely light on the post-war years in Munich.
The ticket is valid as a combination ticket for both "Munich Displaced" exhibitions on the same day.