Communion children in the DP camp Haltern, 1947; Rektorat der Polnischen Katholischen Mission in Deutschland, Hannover / LWL-Industriemuseum, Dortmund

Special exhibition “Between uncertainty and confidence: Art, culture and the everyday life of Polish DPs in Germany 1945–1955”

Around one million Polish forced labourers, POWS and concentration camp prisoners were liberated on German soil towards the end of World War II. In the western zones of occupation, they lived in group accommodations and were known as displaced persons (DPs). Many hesitated to return to their homeland, primarily for political reasons.

This exhibition in German and Polish is the first to provide a comprehensive insight into the everyday lives and remarkably diverse cultural activities in the Polish DP camps. Through original artefacts, documents, photos and video interviews, the exhibition shines a light on this largely unknown aspect of Polish-German history. The exhibition was developed by the Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage and was on display 1 September until 19 November 2017 in the Forum of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.


Leaflet (pdf, German)