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Events and Exhibitions of the German Exile Archive 1933-1945

Events of the German Exile Archive in Leipzig

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Events of the German Exile Archive in Frankfurt am Main

There are currently no special events at the German Exile Archive in Frankfurt am Main

Exhibitions of the German Exile Archive in Frankfurt am Main

Permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 // In progress

After the transfer of power to the National Socialists in 1933 about half a million people fled from the German-speaking area to escape disenfranchisement, exclusion and persecution. With its collection of exile publications, personal literary estates and holdings from various institutions, the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library is dedicated to safeguarding and preserving works and historical testimony from this time.

After holding numerous temporary exhibitions and setting up the globally accessible Arts in Exile virtual exhibition, the Archive has now redesigned the permanent exhibition area to provide a permanent base for exploring the topic of exile.

In various thematic chapters, the exhibition will focus on exile from 1933 to 1945 in all its diversity. At the same time it will call for an increased attention to detail and for history to be represented from multiple perspectives. This will allow visitors e.g. to take a biographical approach when exploring the exhibition. The paths into exile and the resulting experiences were highly diverse depending on the time of escape, the receiving country and the individual situation. Another aspect of the exhibition highlights the importance of the archive as a place where history is collected, organised and made accessible.

In the age of global refugee movements, the permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 is taking a broad view of the term exile and providing a basis for exploring current issues, too.

Virtual Exhibitions

Arts in Exile - Virtual Exhibition and Network

Arts in Exile is a virtual exhibition which is devoted to art created under the conditions of exile. Its aim is to highlight exile in all its complexity as experienced by artists, embedding it firmly within the contemporary German culture of remembrance.

The German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library was requested by the former Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Bernd Neumann, in 2012 to assume overall responsibility for and coordination of the virtual exhibition. The technical and conceptual content planning of the virtual exhibition was conducted in conjunction with the agencies Iglhaut + von Grote and Init AG. From the outset, the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach was involved in the conceptual development of the virtual exhibition and also devised its educational part. The project is explicitly conceived as a network project. Content and exhibits have been incorporated from more than 30 research institutions, archives, exhibition centres and initiatives from Germany and abroad.

The Arts in Exile project is also overseen by an advisory committee which includes Dr. Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel, Prof. Doerte Bischoff, Prof. Dan Diner, Prof. Burcu Dogramaci, Abbas Khider, Dr. Ursula Langkau-Alex, Prof. Michaela Melián and Volker Weidermann.

It is planned to add further objects and contributions gradually over the coming years to ensure that the Arts in Exile project remains a dynamic and continuously growing exhibition.

www.arts-in-exile.de
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Last update: 11.07.2017

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