Under the exhibition title "Munich Displaced. Heimatlos nach 1945" (Munich Displaced. Homeless after 1945 ), the Munich City Museum approaches the forgotten fate and stories of around one hundred thousand DPs who found themselves in the city in 1945. For the first time, the postwar history of former forced laborers, prisoners of war, political concentration camp inmates, and refugees is presented on the basis of broad-based research for the city and district of Munich. Some of these displaced persons spent months or years in DP camps, where they took the education for their future lives into their own hands.
Educational institutions such as the Russian-language high school in the Schleißheim camp, the international UNRRA University in the German Museum, the Ukrainian Free University or the Tolstoy Library are presented. Although all displaced persons were to return to their countries of origin or later emigrate to other countries, thousands remained in Munich. The family biographies of Ukrainian, Armenian, Kalmyk and Russian Munich residents are presented on the basis of the Ludwigsfeld housing estate. By giving a face to the very heterogeneous displaced persons from Eastern Europe through photographs, audio recordings and video interviews and by telling their stories, the exhibition reveals a cultural void of memory. The state of research is expanded by a panorama of around 40 further addresses on Munich's DP history, illustrating the diversity on the one hand and the gaps in research on the other.