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Kindheit und Jugend im Ersten Weltkrieg // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // 13 December 2014 to 7 June 2015 // Guided tour at 10:00 on 3 February 2015

Motiv zur Ausstellung "Kindheit und Jugend im Ersten Weltkrieg" - Junge auf Blindgänger

"We'll be back home by Christmas!" This and similar exclamations were made by many as they set off on their journey to the front in August 100 years ago. Their confidence soon evaporated, however, as the first industrial total war in history unleashed a hitherto unseen level of brutality and destructive force.
The exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing remembers the "seminal catastrophe" which claimed over 15 million lives and proved to be a turning point in world history. It focuses on the young generation which had been shaped by the nationalism and militarism of the German empire and had been swept up by the propaganda before being shaken to the core by the events of the war. Mobilisation notices, war-time schooling, war dictates, "War Struwwelpeter", war cookery books, military passes, forces mail, death announcements and shrouds - the exhibition brings together testimonials which recount the administrative and anonymous side of the war, while lending it a "human" face.

Guided tours: 18 February 2015 at 17:00, 25 March 2015 at 10:30, 9 April 2015 at 15:30


Question round to mark the 130th anniversary of the German Museum of Books and Writing // A quiz on the virtual exhibition celebrating over 5,000 years of media history

Bild zum DBSM-Quiz

Who cracked the code of the pharaohs? What was the name of Gutenberg's monumental magnum opus? Truth or fiction: An alien invasion which reached New York from New Jersey despite desperate human efforts? What is the name of the universal machine which has combined electronic work and entertainment functions since the 1980s?

The knowledge quiz based on the virtual "Signs - Books - Networks" exhibition is all about the people, objects and events associated with media history. The quiz consists of three sections, each containing ten questions. The sections focus on different aspects of book and media history: Texts and Writing, Book Culture, the Digital World. All the questions include explanatory pictures which illuminate and clarify complex issues and help players to answer the questions. Each round of questions includes the correct solution and an explanation.


Virtual exhibition "First World War" is online

Plakat: Die beste Sparkasse: Kriegsanleihe!

Items depicting everyday life and the media of the First World War are being featured in the new online "100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg" exhibition. Including posters and war newspapers, more than 200 media objects illustrate the importance of mass media in relation to the War. Areas covered by the exhibition include propaganda and censorship. For instance, visitors can find out all about the role of children's and young people's literature in the propaganda machinery of the First World War. While ration cards and posters bear witness to the difficulties of day-to-day life in which simply finding enough to eat was a problem.
The content can be accessed via the different theme areas, but there is also a time line which provides an overview of the sequence of events in the War. There is also a glossary explaining relevant terms.


5,000 years of media history online // The first virtual exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library goes online.

Plakat von 5.000 Jahre Mediengeschichte online

Tally sticks, the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs, tattoos, letters, rolling book barrels, censor lists of the Catholic church, sub-Atlantic cables, Mr Bean's trip to a medieval manuscript reading room, the toilet as a place of reading or the utopia of the universal language: the first virtual exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library provides more than 1,800 insights large and small into the history of media.

Visitors explore the eleven theme modules (also translated into English) as though moving through a web of knowledge in which selected protagonists of media history serve as tour guides on a virtual journey through time. Trenchant histories of objects, pictures, films and sound recordings are woven together to form different, highly individualistic theme worlds.


Arts in Exile // Virtual Exhibition and Network

Logo of "Arts in Exile"

There are many different reasons for leaving one's country, not all of which related to political persecution. The effects which such exile has on artists and the arts are equally diverse. The virtual "Arts in Exile" exhibition is dedicated to exploring these effects. The intention is to showcase the full complexity of the subject of artists in exile.

The German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library was requested by the former Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs, Bernd Neumann, to assume overall control of co-ordinating the "Arts in Exile" virtual exhibition and network. The first modules of this new exhibition format went online on 18 September 2013 and they will be on display until the end of 2014. More than 30 network partners will be contributing to the continual expansion of the exhibition during this period.


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