Photo. Refugees waiting to be admitted to the Marienfelde Refugee Center, August 14, 1961
© DHM-Schirner
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Today’s memorial museum owes its existence to the initiative of refugees, employees of the refugee centre and interested scholars. Shortly after the flow of refugees from East Germany came to a halt in July 1990, these groups began to collect objects, documents and other types of information about the lives of the refugees and the work once carried out at Marienfelde. In October 1993 the group founded the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum Association. The aim of the Association was two-fold: to document the inner-German movement of peoples between 1949 and 1990 and to make this history accessible to a broad public. In 1994, the Association was legally recognised as a non-profit entity. Since 2009 the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum is part of the Berlin Wall Foundation. The former Association changed into a Development Association.

The Association’s board of directors and members serve on a voluntary basis.

Learn more about the activities of our Association...

The initial exhibition (1993 – 2005)


Commemoration of Flight and Emigration (1995)


Contemporary Eyewitness Project (ongoing since 1996)


The 50th Anniversary of the Marienfelde Refugee Center (2003)


Photo Exhibition (2003)


Opening of the Exhibition “Flight in Divided Germany” (2005)


Conferment of the Federal Cross of Merit to Harald Fiss (2005)


A Monument to Flight in Divided Germany (2005)


The Association invites you to become a member!

The museum is open to all those interested in the history of flight in divided Germany, to anyone who’d like to help us to ensure that the public at large – in particular future generations – comes to know and appreciate this history.

You are invited to join in ongoing projects, lend a hand with exhibitions and/or events, or to simply support the work of our Association and the memorial museum with your donation.

Please let us know if you would like to learn more about the Association, existing opportunities to cooperate, or membership. We are happy to share with you what we know. Please be in touch with us at events, by telephone, or write!

Johann Schöpf
Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum e.V.
Marienfelder Allee 66/80
12277 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 7500 8400
Fax: +49 30 7544 6634
E-mail the Association

Application for admission (pdf, in German) [PDF, 380,00 KB]
By-laws of the Association(pdf, in German) [PDF, 110,00 KB]


Board of Directors

Dr. Helge Heidemeyer, © ENM

Dr. Helge Heidemeyer

Johann Schöpf

Henrik Bispinck, © ENM

Henrik Bispinck

Thomas Dietzold, © ENM

Thomas Dietzold

Hans Kuttner, © ENM

Hans Kuttner

Honorary Chairman

Harald Fiss