Permanent exhibition "Unpacked"
"This exhibition also shows the history and presence of the Germans from Russia and provides memories and knowledge."
Especially after 1764, millions of people left the German-speaking countries. They migrated to America - but not only: It is largely unknown that over 160,000 people emigrated to Russia from 1764 to 1850 alone. While the reasons that led to emigration were often the same, the way of life of the people in Russia went quite differently than for example in America. The history of the German emigrants in the new homeland was markedly changeable and characterized for a long time by persecution and oppression.
About the exhibition
The permanent exhibition is divided into nine themes. In an overview and in many details, it shows the history of the Germans, who had previously sought the way to Russia and have now returned to Germany. The majority of the people who emigrated from Germany and their descendants were at home in the rural areas of Russia. Above all, the exhibition tells the story.
- the title of the exhibition, is associative:
Emigrating, imigrating, relocating ... - again and again cases, chests, boxes and bags were packed and unpacked by the Russian-Germans. Many of the museum's exhibits come from such suitcases. The people have kept them in memory of their history, the various homeland and brought it with them. Cases, chests, boxes and bags - they are also part of the exhibition.
Unpacking, but also means that a story is unpacked, the history of the Russian-Germans. For a long time it was largely unknown and unexplored. This is slowly changing today.
Arrived, this is at the end of the way, if you unpack the suitcases again. The Russian Germans have now arrived in German society. This is what the exhibition wants to show.
Insights in the exhibition