Baltic DP website: New home for “No Home”

 Food line-up at Wedel DP camp, Lithuanian Studies and Research Center Collection


Food line-up at Wedel DP camp, Lithuanian Studies and Research Center Collection

DisplacedPersons.org, the companion website to the “No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons, 1944-1952” exhibition has launched in BETA. Created and maintained by the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the site serves as an educational resource and a repository for information and material pertaining to World War II refugees from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.  Visitors are welcome to peruse the site’s pages and preview collections and submissions to the new online archive. Features of the site will continue to evolve and expand as more content is added.

The central feature of the website will be the online version of the “No Home To Go To” exhibition currently on view at the  Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago. (See tour dates).  The exhibition panels–containing images of archival photographs, documents, and other memorabilia as well as their accompanying descriptions–will be uploaded in three stages, following the thematic structure of the exhibition itself:

  1. The Flight — The circumstances which compelled Lithuanians, Estonians, and Latvians to flee westward as the World War II drew to a close and the experiences these refugees encountered along the way; **See the preview here**
  2. The Camps — Life in “Displaced Persons Assembly Centers” or “DP Camps” established and run by UNRRA, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, and later the IRO, International Relief Organization;
  3. The Journey to a New Life –Immigration to the United States, Canada and other host countries where the refugees eventually settled and their first impressions and experiences there.

The preface to the exhibition states that “No Home To Go To” is an “unfinished” exhibition in that it continues to document and collect the stories of individuals and families displaced by war, but whose stories have not yet been told.  To that end, former Baltic displaced persons and their family members are encouraged to complete  and submit the Baltic DP Questionnaire so their personal and family stories can be documented and preserved.

The content on this site is intended for educational purposes only. Unauthorized duplication, alteration, or distortion of this material is not permitted. All content is subject to copyright law and all rights are reserved. Any website-specific inquiries can be submitted here.