The project is a joint undertaking of the Historical Museum of Warsaw and the State Archive of the Capital City of Warsaw, in cooperation with the Stiftung niedersächsische Gedenkstätten Foundation in Germany.
The authors of the project believe that it will make a significant contribution to mutual understanding and dissemination of knowledge about deportations and their impact on the lives of individuals - Poles, Germans and members of other European nations alike. The Historical Museum of Warsaw has focused on the Second World War in Warsaw for many years and has been collecting various objects connected with these events. The Museum's task, therefore, will be to provide website content, set up the exhibition, organise the panel discussion and produce the catalogue.
Many documents held by the State Archive of the Capital City of Warsaw will become available to the public thanks to the project. The Archive, in addition to making its holdings available, will also participate in work on the exhibition, the panel discussion and the website. The State Archive of the Capital City of Warsaw had been supported by EU during realization its previous project: Leaving Europe for America - early EMIgrants Letter stories (EMILY), which was part of a "Culture 2000" programme.
The Stiftung niedersächsische Gedenkstätten foundation is engaged in similar work in Germany; it is responsible for a museum in the former Bergen-Belsen extermination camp, where some of the deportees from Warsaw were incarcerated. The German partner will provide access to rich documentary material found in German archives and museums, and will also make contributions to the exhibition, the panel discussion and website promotion.