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Alfredo Schwarcz // "Und die Migrationsgeschichte geht weiter" // Lecture and discussion // German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 19:00

Alfredo Schwarz als neunjähriger Junge

The psychotherapist Alfredo Schwarcz, born in Buenos Aires as the son of German-Jewish immigrants, has for many years devoted himself to topics related to Jewish exile. In his lecture, Schwarcz illuminates the transgenerational consequences of Jewish emigration to Argentina. In the subsequent conversation with Dr. Sylvia Asmus, head of the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library, he and his wife, the social psychologist Patricia Fränkel, discuss emigration to Argentina and active remembrance. (Photo: private. Alfredo Schwarcz, Buenos Aires, 1959)

Admission is free of charge.

German National Library at the Frankfurt Book Fair // 14 to 18 October 2015 // Stand K 83 in Hall 4.2

Foto: Messestand der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

This year the German National Library will once again have its own stand at the largest book fair in the world. Visit our stand (K 83) in Hall 4.2. We will be providing information on the work and services of the German National Library. We look forward to meeting you and engaging in interesting discussions.
In the supporting programme to the book fair the German National Library is inviting guests to attend events and participate in special tours at the Frankfurt site on Adickesallee.


"Die Manns. Geschichte einer Familie" // Tilmann Lahme in conversation with Wolfgang Niess (SWR) // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Friday, 16 October 2015, 19:30

Cover des Buches "Die Manns. Geschichte einer Familie" von Tilmann Lahme

Thomas and Katia Mann and their six children have become an intrinsic part of recent German history. Theirs is a story of glittering success juxtaposed with personal misfortune, work discipline with libertinage, and proactive political commitment with a withdrawal into seclusion. In conversation with Wolfgang Niess, Tilmann Lahme conjures up a multifaceted, vivid and compelling image of a family in which literature, politics and contemporary life were uniquely intertwined, and whose members vied for each other's recognition.
Event organised in cooperation with the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library in cooperation with S. Fischer Verlag and Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung.

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Chamisso Prize-winner Sherko Fatah // Der letzte Ort. Ein literarischer Thriller über Freundschaft und Verrat // Reading and discussion // Hosted by Michael Hametner // German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 19:00

Logo der Veranstaltung 19. Leipziger Literarischer Herbst

In his books Sherko Fatah, German writer with Iraqi roots, discusses the violent clashes in the Kurdish border area between Iran, Iraq and Turkey and shows how the effects of these are felt by us here in Europe. He presents his latest book "Der letzte Ort. Ein literarischer Thriller über Freundschaft und Verrat" in readings and a discussion with Michael Hametner. In 2015 he was awarded the Berliner Kunstpreis and the Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Prize.
Event organised in cooperation with 19. Leipziger Literarischer Herbst and with the kind support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Admission is free of charge.


"geschrieben – gesetzt" // Presentation marking the award of the Gutenberg Prize of the City of Leipzig 2015 to Jan Philipp Reemtsma // 27 June to 31 October 2015

Blick in die Ausstellung "geschrieben - gesetzt"

In an exhibition entitled "geschrieben – gesetzt" the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library is presenting a small selection of publications which have been financed, supported, initiated, supervised, edited or written by Jan Philipp Reemtsma.

The main focus of the exhibition will be on the typographers and book designers who gave the texts their unique appearance, clothing the thoughts contained in them through the aesthetic use of typography, type areas, book covers and jackets. What they produced represents a multiform contribution to book culture in Germany at the end of the 20th and the start of the 21st century.

Jan Philipp Reemtsma - patron, academic, author and editor, and initiator of text editions and memorial sites - will be honoured with the Gutenberg Prize of the City of Leipzig 2015 for the major editions he has been instrumental in publishing. His judiciously chosen support decides in many cases on the survival or otherwise of literary editions - and therefore on the continued existence of texts.


"Kafka im Künstlerbuch" (Kafka art book) // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library in Leipzig // 11 March to 18 October 2015

Kafka im Künstlerbuch

Little known during his lifetime and on the list of "undesirable" authors after 1933 in Germany, the work of Franz Kafka (1883-1924) only came to world fame after the Second World War. The texts of the great, German-speaking author are still as current today as they were then, and have been interpreted many times in literature and visual art.

The gallery exhibition is devoted to book designers, illustrators and typographers, who have grappled with the cryptic and whimsical texts of the Prague author in art books, drawings, comic strips and written creations. The focus is on the seven works of Kafka, which he, himself, approved for publication: "Das Urteil" (The Judgement), "Der Heizer" (The Stoker), "Die Verwandlung" (The Metamorphosis), "In der Strafkolonie" (In the Penal Colony), "Ein Hungerkünstler" (A Hunger Artist) "Betrachtung" (Contemplation), "Ein Landarzt" (A Country Doctor).

The show is also a reminder of Kafka's successful visit to Leipzig on 29 June 1912, when he met publishers Ernst Rowohlt and Kurt Wolff for the first time.


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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