Identity on the Line
Identity on the Line

Poland

Migration process

The Museum of Middle Pomerania in Slupsk studied the demographic structure of Pomerania due to the changing frontiers in the aftermath of World War II. Some of the Polish settlers came from the depths of the Soviet Union, where they had been exiled after the annexation of the eastern territories by the Red Army. Some of them came from the regions of Poland that were Polish before the war and remained Polish after 1945, but were derelict after Nazi occupation. They were tempted by the promises of a better life proffered in the official propaganda.

  • The museum worked collected stories from settlers and inhabitants of Pomerania born after 1945.

Coexistence of three nations

Even during the war, Słupsk (or Stolp in Pomeranian back in the days) was a quiet, picturesque town inhabited by a German population with some Kashubians and Germans of Polish origin. But in January and February 1945, it was full of thousands of German refugees escaping from the advancing front line. On 8 March 1945 the Red Army took over the town. The first Poles came to Słupsk in April 1945. After many years of brutal war, peaceful coexistence among the three nations was impossible, which resulted in numerous personal tragedies. And the future affiliation of the land was uncertain. 

"We met in Slupsk. Settlers' stories"

The exhibition was opened in March 2020.

The stories and experiences behind working on the project

Interviews with people and their children who came to Slupsk in 1945 – 1950.

Discover the families that migrated to Pomerania region after WWII

"We met in Slupsk. Settlers' stories."

Pictures from the exhibition

Outside exhibition

"Settlers' story for children"

Read the articles published in the Museum's Magazine 

Local exhibition TV program

"Tożsamość w zagrożeniu"

First program, TV Słupsk 5 June 2020
Second program, TV Słupsk 7 July 2020
Fourth program, TV Słupsk 11 October 2020
Fifth program, TV Słupsk 12 March 2021
Sixth program, TV Słupsk 16 April 2021
Seventh program, TV Słupsk 25 June 2021
Eighth program, TV Słupsk 18 July 2021
Ninth program, TV Słupsk 10 October 2021
Tenth program, TV Słupsk 5 November 2021
Eleventh program, TV Słupsk 22 April 2022
Twelfth program, TV Słupsk 6 May 2022
Fourteenth program, TV Słupsk 8 July 2022