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Migration history in pictures

Migration has left a lasting mark on our society. In the motif series "Migration History in Pictures" we have selected objects from the DOMiD collection that stand for certain phenomena of migration history since 1945. In short, richly illustrated online stories, we tell how migrants have influenced the history of Germany.

How did the first ice cream come to Hamburg (Harburg)? Why is the term "Gastarbeiter" (guest worker) problematic? What role did migrants play in labor struggles? Why do we think first of men* when we think of "Gastarbeiter" (guest worker) and do not see the large number of female migrants? What was the living situation of so-called contract workers in the GDR?
These and other questions will be addressed in the online stories. As always, we welcome praise, criticism and personal stories (Contact) or objects on the above topics.

The motifs have also been published as printed postcards on the occasion of the anniversary year 2020, 30 years of DOMiD (remaining quantities can be ordered free of charge).

  • Motif series "Migration history in images"

    "Contract worker" in the GDR

    From 1967 to 1986, the GDR recruited so-called contract workers to counter the shortage of skilled workers. How did they fare and what are the long-term consequences? This is what we are dealing with in this online story.

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  • Pierburg strike in Neuss, 1973. photo: DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

    Motif series "Migration history in images"

    Strike at Pierburg – solidarity among workers

    The strike at the Neuss-based automotive supplier Pierburg made headlines nationwide in 1973. The article tells the story of how foreign workers and Germans worked together to improve working conditions.

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  • Korean nurse hood. Photo: DOMiD Archive, Cologne

    Motif series "Migration history in images"

    Invisible Caretakers – labor migration of women in Germany

    Labor migration is often associated with male migrants, when in fact, female migrants represent a remarkable amount of the workforce, e.g. in the health sector. This article describes the roles of migrant women using the example of Korean nurses.

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  • Motif series "Migration history in images"

    “Guest worker” music between self-empowerment and commercial success

    In addition to working in Germany, music and culture were important components of their free time for many migrant workers. In the current online story, we deal with music interacting with political engagement.

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  • Photo: DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

    Motif series "Migration history in images"

    Recruiting “guest workers” ("Gastarbeiter")

    “Guest workers” ("Gastarbeiter") - this problematic term was used to designate foreign workers who were only supposed to work in Germany for a short time. In the German Liaison Office in Istanbul, these boards advertised job seekers.

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  • Photo: DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

    Motif series "Migration history in images"

    A scoop of ice cream for 10 pfennigs

    In our motif series "Migration History in Pictures" we are devoting ourselves this month to a special exhibit of Italian labor migration from the 1950s: the Eis-Boy from the Galeazzi family.

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  • Directory of the forcibly relocated "Sudeten Germans" in the municipality of Kehrenbach ”, 1946. Facsimile: DOMiD archive, Cologne

    Motif series "Migration history in images"

    Search for the "old home"

    In our motif series "Migration history in pictures", we will start with one of the oldest exhibits in our collection: a directory of the designated "Sudeten Germans" in the Hessian community of Kehrenbach.

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