“Between uncertainty and confidence” - an exhibition in Bochum

dps 03Exhibit view published on the Zeche Hanower website

On June 16, 2016 an exhibition has been inaugurated in Bochum entitled Between uncertainty and confidence - art, culture and everyday life of Polish DP’s in Germany 1945-1955.

At the end of World War II, nearly one million Polish forced laborers, prisoners from German concentration camps, and prisoners of war, lived as a Displaced Persons in camps in the western areas in Germany. The bilingual (German and Polish) exhibition "Between uncertainty and confidence" organized by the Industrial Museum "Mine Hannover" association LWL (Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe) in Bochum presents for the first time a comprehensive picture of daily life of the DP’s and their cultural activities. The center of digital documentation Porta Polonica took part in the preparation for the exhibition. Many documents (digital copies) come from the Pilsudski Institute of America archives which contain the documents on Polish refugees in post-war Germany (Fonds 24, Polish refugees in Germany).

Ministerstwo Kultury
Biblioteka Narodowa
Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Państwowych
Konsulat RP w NY
Fundacja na rzecz Dziedzictwa Narodowego
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs