Photo. Refugees waiting to be admitted to the Marienfelde Refugee Center, August 14, 1961
© DHM-Schirner
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The initial exhibition

Prior to its official establishment, the Association, together with the Berlin State Office for Central Social Affairs, opened its initial exhibition in August 1993. Housed in one of the apartment buildings on the grounds of the former camp, covering roughly 100 square meters the exhibition described the history of the site and the course of the emergency reception procedure.

View of the former exhibtion about flight and emigration from East Germany, © ENM
In 1998, the German Parliamentary Working Group “Overcoming the SED Dictatorship in the Process of German Unification” placed the exhibition in a special category assigned to memorial sites of national significance. This distinction, coupled with the rising interest on the part of visitors and the political support of federal, state and local authorities, encouraged the members of the Association to completely redesign and expand the initial exhibition.

Work on the new exhibition began in October 2003. Housed in the former main building of the refugee camp , the result of their efforts is today’s permanent exhibition, “Flight in Divided Germany,” which all members of the public are cordially invited to visit.