This paper focuses on considerations whether intranational and transnational migration during the Second World War (WWII) caused a feeling of homelessness. Moreover, the author outlines the impacts of the probable loss of Heimat (home or feeling at home) on later biographies. What is more, the importance of social pedagogy to this topic is discussed.To begin with, a brief historical overview of the bombing of Styria during WWII is provided. As these events happened in the past, some general information is provided on memory, life stories, and biographies, followed by the analysis of critical life events, life crises, and coping strategies, placing particular emphasis on the period of WWII and the immediate postwar era. After some basic considerations on identities, the concept of place identity is employed to understand the complex construct of Heimat. This discussion enables interpreting the causes and the significance of losing Heimat.In order to provide empirical evidence for these reflections, qualitative interviews were conducted with seven witnesses of the War. All of them had to leave their original places of residence, be it temporarily, for a longer period of time, or even permanently due to bombing or expulsion. The assessment of the interviews was performed through qualitative content analysis.To sum up, all respondents, being forced to leave their residences and social environment due to the War, suffered from a feeling of homelessness. Even though this feeling was compensated for by a new home, the strong emotions related to it, such as fear, uncertainty, helplessness, and sadness, have remained to date. On the other hand, various circumstances have also evoked gratitude and life satisfaction. Having experienced that homelessness need not be an ultimate state and that a feeling of Heimat may be regained, has made it easier for the respondents to cope with later changes of residence.