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The year 1945 marks a dramatic break in German history. The anti-Hitler-coalition had defeated the National Socialist regime in the Second World War. The land was largely destroyed and subject to Allied administration. The rebuilding of the cities and the democratization of German society was the main concern of the occupation powers.

These photographs from the German Historical Museum in Berlin reflect the history between 1945 and 1955. They show the conditions under which people had to start a new life. No other medium could better capture the dramatic ups and downs of the postwar period than photography.

This Learning Collection is based on the Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit Canada-Germany Migration, a look at selected aspects of the historical, sociological and cultural impact of German migration to Canada.

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