An international refugee museum

Gepostet 2017-09-04 17:29:54

The Varde Museums are working on establishing an international refugee museum in Denmark. The museum will tell the story of the 250.000 German refugees who arrived in the German-occupied Denmark after having fled from their homes due to the progress of the Red Army at the end of World War Two.  At the liberation in May 1945 Denmark was obliged to help the German refugees. It is a challenging, but also a useful story: Especially in a time where Europe faces huge challenges regarding refugees, which also will be included in the museum.

The overall goal is to create a museum, which prepares the grounds for reconciliation and understanding, but also leaves room for debate. Even though the last German refugee left Denmark almost 70 years ago, the era still shares similarities with the present.
The refugee museum will be established in one of the last buildings from the German refugee camp in Oksbøl, namely the old hospital. A modern building, designed by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, will connect the hospital’s two wings and work as the main entrance. The modern building will be made of Corten steel, wood and glass and will seem closed coming from the outside; just as the camps for German refugees were after the war.
(Image: courtesy of the Danish architects BIG Bjarke Ingels Group)


The inside of the building is opposed to the outside as it will be open and bright - symbolizing the refugee’s relief of escaping the war as well as their hopes for the future.
(Image: courtesy of the Danish architects BIG Bjarke Ingels Group)


Anne Sofie Vemmelund Christensen, curator at the Varde Museums, Denmark
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