They're still here!

Children from forbidden relationships between Germans and prisoners of war or forced laborers

Gerd A. Meyer with Inna, the sister of his Russian father Anatolij. Photo: Private
Katharina Saemann with her mother Anna. The fate of her father Vasily is unknown. Photo: Private

In the age of National Socialism cordial and intimate relationships between Germans and prisoners of war or forced laborers who were stigmatized as »ethnically strange« (in German »fremdvölkisch«) were strictly forbidden.

But They're still here! – children being descendants from relationships of this kind who were born during World War II or shortly after. Their stories have often been a taboo for a long time. Until now they haven't got a stake in our memorial culture and have scarcely been dealt with in scientific research.

We're going to change this!

The project They're still here! is to create a mobile exhibition that is telling the biographies of children from these forbidden relationships. We're searching for contacts to members of this generation or their relatives to give their memories a voice. Of course, references and sources by people without direct family connections will also be helpful to us.

The need of being careful in dealing with your data and pieces of information is obvious to us. We're not going to publish them without your permission. Please use the contact form on this page or send us an email: info@trotzdemda.de

We're looking forward to your message! Dr. Gwendoline Cicottini, Lucy Debus, Jan Dohrmann, Andreas Ehresmann, and Juliane Rehder

Project team They're still here! with the Sandbostel Camp Memorial

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They're still here! – Children from forbidden relationships between Germans and prisoners of war or forced laborers is a project of the Sandbostel Camp Memorial sponsored by the Foundation Memory, Responsibility, and Future (EVZ Foundation) and the German Federal Ministry of Finance according to the Education Agenda NS-Injustice. Cooperative partners are the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, the project Multi-peRSPEKTif (Denkort Bunker Valentin / Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Bremen).