On 13 February 1945 in London, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and representatives of the seven European Allied Governments sign an Agreement Concerning the Care and Repatriation of Displaced Persons.
On 5 July 1945, the US War Department issues an alarming report on the situation of refugees in Europe and Germany in the aftermath of the Second World War and describes the measures taken by the Allies to help displaced persons.
On 21 August 1945, shortly after the end of the Second World War, British cartoonist David Low illustrates the difficulties experienced by the Allied Control Council in managing the mass movement of refugees and displaced persons in Berlin.
‘Home to the Reich …' On 28 February 1946, illustrating the terrible human consequences of the Second World War, cartoonist Mirko Szewczuk employs the expression used in Nazi propaganda, Heim ins Reich, in ironic fashion to illustrate the mass exodus of German refugees fleeing the Soviet army towards the Western zones of occupation in Germany.
In February 1947, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) paints a bleak picture of the situation of displaced persons accommodated in assembly centres in the British, American and French occupation zones in Germany.
On 6 May 1947, the French daily newspaper Le Monde paints a dramatic picture of the refugee situation in a war-torn Europe and describes the resources used by the United Nations to come to the aid of displaced persons.
From 9 to 14 April 1951, an international conference is held in Hanover, convened by the League of Red Cross Societies. The conference is attended by representatives from the 17 national societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the League of Red Cross Societies, to examine the problem of the 9 million refugees in western Germany and Austria. At the conference, 17 recommendations are adopted to establish solutions that will enable refugees and exiles to build new lives.
On 2 November 1951, on the occasion of the departure of the one millionth displaced person from the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) to his native land, Hans Lukaschek, West German Minister for Displaced Persons, summarises the achievements of the campaign carried out by the International Organisation for Refugees in Europe.
In 1966, the West German Ministry of Refugees and Displaced Persons publishes statistical and graphical data illustrating German population movements, whether voluntary or enforced, in the aftermath of the Second World War.
‘It wasn't us, Guv!' In April 1961, Fritz Behrendt, German cartoonist, denounces the defence put forward by Karl Adolf Eichmann — former Nazi Head of the Department for Jewish Affairs in the Reich Central Security Office (RHSA) and architect of the Final Solution during the Second World War — when tried for crimes against humanity before the court in Jerusalem.