Homeland centres are documentation hubs for a particular locality or region in the former Sudetenland. They fulfill varous functions, serving as social meeting places, business offices, libraries, archives or museum showrooms. Sometimes they are an integral part of sections of municipal museums devoted to modern local history. Homeland centres were founded in many places in West Germany and Austria but were prohibited in the GDR.
When a homeland centre is disbanded, the inventory is usually handed over to the Sudeten German Museum. The memorabilia are then listed and correctly stored in the museum depot and thereby preserved for the future. These holdings form an important pool of items for temporary exhibitions at the museum. Selected homeland centres are shown on this website in the form of 3D presentations.
More information is available at Index of Homeland Collections of the Federal Institute for the Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (BKGE).