Friedland, Gottingen, Lower Saxony, Germany circa 1985. Friedland refugee camp, Russian Soviet-Germans return as refugees from the Soviet Union to freedom in the West. Having been processed, documents checked this family walks to the train station with their belongings for a journey to a new life. They are waiting for their train. During Perestroika in the 1980s, the Soviet borders were temporarily opened and the beginnings of a massive migration of Germans from the Soviet Union occurred. Entire families, and even villages, would leave their homes and relocate together in Germany or Austria. This was because they needed to show the German Embassy certain documents, such as a family Bible, as proof that their ancestors were originally from Germany. This meant if a family member stayed in the Soviet Union, but then decided to leave later, they would be unable to because they would no longer have the necessary paperwork
Friedland refugee camp West Germany. 1980's
Friedland, Gottingen, Lower Saxony, Germany circa 1985. Friedland refugee camp, Russian Soviet-Germans return as refugees from the Soviet Union to freedom in the West. Having been processed, documents checked this family walks to the train station with their belongings for a journey to a new life. They are waiting for their train. During Perestroika in the 1980s, the Soviet borders were temporarily opened and the beginnings of a massive migration of Germans from the Soviet Union occurred. Entire families, and even villages, would leave their homes and relocate together in Germany or Austria. This was because they needed to show the German Embassy certain documents, such as a family Bible, as proof that their ancestors were originally from Germany. This meant if a family member stayed in the Soviet Union, but then decided to leave later, they would be unable to because they would no longer have the necessary paperwork

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Date: 12 Oct 2009
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