Introduction

15 objects from five Central and Southeast European museums recall refugee experiences of the kind the continent has witnessed for centuries. Especially in the 20th century, war, genocide, religious and political persecution, poverty, and ethnic conflicts have forced people to leave their homes and find refuge elsewhere. It is a shared European experience, uniting the continent in myriad ways.

The exhibition “Flucht europäisch erzählen. Being a refugee: a European narrative” was shown in:

  • Ljubljana (Slovenia) at the National Museum of Contemporary History, 8 February – 25 March 2018, as “Biti begunec: Evropska zgodba”
  • Rijeka (Croatia) at the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka, 5 March – 4 April 2018, as “Biti izbjeglica: europski narativ”
  • Novi Sad (Serbia) at the Museum of Vojvodina, 26 March – 9 April 2018, as “Biti izbeglica: evropski narativ”
  • Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) at the Museum of Eastern Bosnia, 9 April – 9 May 2018, as “Biti izbjeglica: evropski narativ”
  • Vienna (Austria) at the Wien Museum, 16 May 2018 – 13 January 2019, as “Fluchtspuren/What Remains: Traces of Refugees”

The exhibition was prepared by museum curators, scientific researchers and experts:

  • Anisa Hasanhodžić, Rifet Rustemović and Heidemarie Uhl from the Austrian Academy of Sciences/Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna/Wien, Austria
  • Vida Bakondy and Gerhard Milchram from the Wien Museum/Vienna Museum, Vienna/Wien, Austria
  • Vesna Isabegović, Goran Karišik, Esaf Lević and Nataša Perić from the Museum of Eastern Bosnia/Muzej istočne Bosne, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Vana Gović, Ivo Mileusnić and Tea Perinčić from the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka/Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Kristina Meneši from the Museum of Vojvodina/Muzej Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Urška Purg and Kaja Širok from the National Museum of Contemporary History/Muzej novejše zgodovine Slovenije, Ljubljana, Slovenia

To see the exhibition – objects and texts in Bosnian, Croatian, English, German, Polish, Serbian and Slovene language – please visit the section Virtual-Exhibition.