Uprooted - (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II




The research and education project deals with the history of children abducted from Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and other countries to Germany during world war II and forcibly germanised there. Their fate is still almost unknown today and many still do not know their roots.

By considering and showing the history of these forcibly abducted and uprooted children, we would like to encourage a confrontation with the racist and inhuman ideology of the National Socialists. Furthermore, we would like to advocate for raising awareness of the importance of children's rights.

An important part of the project is workshops with youngsters in schools and other places in which they learn about the stories of individual stolen children and go over to talking about violations of children's rights today.

In October 2022, a learning platform for teachers and educators who want to cover this subject in class or in other settings with youngsters will be launched. There will be diverse learning materials available – from activity plans to a timeline to videos and podcasts.

The basis for creating these learning materials was articles written by experts coming from all four countries involved. They present the history of stolen children from their country’s perspective.

Apart from that, an exhibition on the history of stolen children will be created and available to the public.

Articles on stolen children

by authors coming from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine
in English

in German
(in preparation)

You can also read the articles in their original languages:

Read the two original articles from the Czech Republic in Czech

Read the two articles from Germany in German

Read the two articles from Poland in Polish

Read the two original articles from Ukraine in Ukrainian

Target groups

  • High school and university students
  • teachers and youth workers
  • Historians, social, cultural and political scientists & journalists
  • a broad interested public


Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, Poland
Post Bellum, Czech Republic
Tolerspace, Ukraine


The project was funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).

A project of the education agenda NS-Injustice from 2021 to 2022.

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