On the trail of the past - dealing with the property of "fugitives from the republic" - Historical lecture at Forum.STADT.Geschichte:

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© A. Strahl, R. Stutz

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 202419:00 - 20:30 clock
Lecture & Science

Dr. Antje Strahl and Dr. Reno Stutz report on their research into the handling of property left behind by refugees from the GDR.

Anyone who "moved" from the German Democratic Republic without permission before 1989 usually had to leave a large part of their possessions behind. Between 2019 and 2021, the Rostock historians Dr. Antje Strahl and Dr. Reno Stutz investigated what became of these so-called refugee returns, using the district of Schwerin as an example.

From 1945 to 1989, thousands of people left the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR to reach the "West". The illegal departure, known as Republikflucht since 1953, led to the confiscation of the private property left behind by the GDR authorities. This included household items, furniture, farm animals and machinery, but also cultural assets. The two provenance researchers from Rostock were particularly interested in the latter.

How were these bequests utilized? Who were the beneficiaries? These were questions to which the two-year project attempted to provide answers. Among other things, the aim was to analyze the influence of the Soviet occupation authorities, the political parties, the district and county administrations as well as the People's Police, customs and the Ministry for State Security. In rural areas in particular, mayors and representatives of the land reform commissions also had access.

Follow the two historians on May 29, 2024 in the Schleswig-Holstein-Haus on their research trip through the archives, from "B" for Bützow to "W" for Wittenberge.

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Event dates
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024 19:00 - 20:30 clock
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Schleswig-Holstein House Cultural Forum

Puschkinstr. 12
19055 Schwerin

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