They protect, warm, and comfort us. They have accompanied us for a long time or are useful everyday helpers. Whether unassuming, quirky, or even ambivalent: we all have things that are important to us, with which we associate special memories – What are your companions?

About the Digital Gallery

In particular, people on the run have to leave many of these things behind and carry some of them only in their thoughts. Because farewells, arrivals, and new beginnings shape us all – whether with or without migration experience – the Museum Friedland wants to digitally make personal companions and their stories visible and provide an opportunity to share them with others.

At, photos and short stories about a personal object can be uploaded. It can be linked to the experience of flight and migration, connected to one’s own life path, or simply be a keepsake. The digital gallery, available in four languages, will slowly grow through the submitted contributions and aims to highlight the special significance of material companions. Contributions in foreign languages are explicitly welcomed!

Our Recommendation

The digital gallery can be used in conjunction with workshops on the topic of migration or for pre- and post-visit activities for museum tours. It is also suitable as an introduction to intercultural educational formats, discussions, training sessions, or intercultural projects.

Regarding the Context of Origin

During the project duration from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, Migration Lab Germany brings together 15 partner organizations from the fields of museums, schools, migrant organizations, memorials, extracurricular cultural and political education. They develop their own model projects at their specific learning and meeting places, exploring and creatively addressing the complex topic of migration with children, young people, and adults in diverse ways. ‘Der Wegbegleiter’ is one of them. All multimedia educational resources created here are presented on our web platform

Migration Lab Germany and the 15 model projects are funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future (EVZ), the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, the Federal Government Commissioner for Anti-Racism, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). The publication does not represent the views of the EVZ Foundation. The authors are responsible for the content of the statements made.

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