“Our Life” – Berlin as a City of Refuge for Jewish Displaced Persons post-1945

After the end of World War II, Berlin became a place of refuge for Jewish displaced persons (DPs). They called themselves she’erit hapletah, “the surviving remnant.” For most of them, Germany, as the land of perpetrators, was the last place they wanted to stay.

In Mariendorf, Zehlendorf und Reinickendorf, camps were established in which Jewish DPs often lived for several years. The exhibition tells of their everyday life inside and outside the DP camps and their hopes for a future after the Shoah. At the same time, it takes a transhistorical look at the immigration city of Berlin, which remains a place of migration and refuge for many people to this day.

German version