The 20th century is often called the century of expulsions. From the collapse and break up of multi-ethnic European empires after World War I, to the creation of independent post-colonial states in the second half of the century, and finally, the demise of communist states in the last decade of the century, nation building has been a violent process. Millions of people around the globe have been forced to leave their homelands, many of them never to return again. The human cost of refugee displacement is reflected in the testimonies of those who lived to tell the tale. These stories - whether from Greece, Turkey, Germany, Poland, India, Pakistan or Cyprus - reveal a common human experience of lost homelands and communities ripped apart: the experience of being “Twice a Stranger”.
What is Twice a Stranger?
‘Twice a Stranger’ is a cross media project about the greatest forced migrations of the 20thcentury, when millions of people were uprooted and moved to new homelands.
Based on oral video testimonies, rare film archives and photos this project brings visitors face-to-face with the survivors of these traumatic events. From the Greek-Turkish exchange in 1922-24, ‘Twice a Stranger’ travels to the German-Polish forced migration at the end of WW II, to the Partition of India, and to the Cyprus crisis' in the 1960's and 70's.
‘Twice a Stranger’ is distributed online and via a multi-media exhibition, hosted at the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia and the Istanbul Bilgi University.
The project is accompanied by educational programmes, storytelling sessions, documentary screenings, a children's book, culinary nights, music events, community and outreach events.