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




The research and education project deals with children who were abducted from Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and other countries to Germany during the Second World War and forcibly arraigned there. Their fate is still almost unknown today and many still do not know their roots.

By dealing with 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.

The aims of the project are:

  • a publication with scientific contributions from experts from all four participating countries
  • a learning platform with learning materials (videos, podcasts, workshop scenarios)
  • an interactive timeline
  • an exhibition

Project outcomes

Historical essays on stolen children

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


Target groups

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


Kreisau Foundation for Mutual Understanding, Poland
Post Bellum, Czech Republic
Kyiv educational centre "Tolerspace", Ukraine


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

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