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"Die Stasi swingt nicht". Ein Jazzfan im Kalten Krieg ("The Secret Police don’t swing." A jazz fan during the Cold War) // Conversation and reading with Siegfried Schmidt-Joos

Cover des Buchs "Die Stasi swingt nicht" von Siegfied Schmidt-Joos

Music journalist and author Siegfried Schmidt-Joos (born in 1936) caught the swing bug when he was still a teenager. While studying in Halle, he led a jazz working group for the FDJ youth movement. His enthralling report gives astonishing insights into social conditions during the two German dictatorships and the early days of the Federal Republic. This event is intended not just to be a reading, but also an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with the author. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the trio “Just for Swing”, and the evening will be hosted by Detlef A. Ott.

The event is part of the Leipzig Herbst ‘89 (Leipzig Autumn ‘89) series, and the project is being run in cooperation with the publisher Mitteldeutsche Verlag and Saxony’s State Officer for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.

Costs: 4 Euro

Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 341 2271-223

Türen auf für die Maus // Guided tours for children // German National Library in Leipzig // Tuesday, 3 October 2018, 10:00 and 13:00

Ralph Caspers mit Kindern am Maustag 2017 im Lesesaal der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig

On the "Sendung mit Maus" open days, children and families all over Germany will be treated to live explanations of different subjects free of charge. Several hundred institutions, companies, research labs, clubs and workshops which would normally be off-limits to children will be opening their doors on October 3 to young people. There they will find plenty of exciting things to discover.

The German National Library in Leipzig is once again opening its doors to a wealth of hidden treasures. All children aged between 6 and 12 are more than welcome to join us on a journey of discovery. During the 90-minute tour, we will be exploring the stacks and reading rooms and finding out how the book from the popular children’s TV series ‘Die Sendung mit der Maus’ gets to the bookworm.

Free admission
Registration is required at to participate.

Places are limited.

OPEN BOOKS 2018 – Opening ceremony on the "Blue Sofa" // With the winner of the German Book Prize 2018, Christian Berkel, Nino Haratischwili and Max Czollek // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 20:00

Nino Haratischwili

OPEN BOOKS presents the major autumn releases at various locations around the Römer in the city centre to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair. The city's reading festival is traditionally opened on the "Blue Sofa".

This year, author Nino Haratischwili (“Die Katze und der General/The Cat and the General)”, writer and actor Christian Berkel (“Der Apfelbaum/The Apple Tree”), lyricist and essayist Max Czollek (“Desintegriert euch!/Disintegrate!”) and the very latest winner of the German Book Prize, who will be announced one day prior to the event, will be talking about their new books. The evening will be hosted by René Aguigah, Luzia Braun, Daniel Fiedler and Eva Schmidt. The "Blue Sofa" in Frankfurt is organised by Bertelsmann, ZDF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and 3sat together with Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main and the German National Library.

Admission 10.00 Euro /reduced 7.00 Euro
Tickets available from
Remaining tickets on the door

"Die große Illusion" ("The Great Illusion") // Eckart Conze talks to Ralph Bollmann (FAZ) // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 19:30

Eckart Conze

The Treaty of Versailles shaped the modern-day world – former empires sank, modern nation states emerged, and new conflicts broke out, for example in the Balkans and the Middle East. Yet in 1919, the hopes of the whole world were centred on creating a stable new order after the Great War, an order in which there would be a lasting peace. Yet as Eckart Conze, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Marburg, shows in his new book, all hopes of peace turned out to be a great illusion, since neither the Allied victors nor Germany and the other defeated nations were truly ready to make peace. Even after the Armistice, the war continued in the minds of all involved, with horrifying consequences.

Free admission. Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 69 1525 1101

Students' Special // Orientation sessions for first year students // German National Library in Leipzig // Tuesday, 9 October to Thursday, 11 October 2018

Der Musiklesesaal des Deutschen Musikarchvis, Foto: DNB, Christian Horn

The German National Library is offering special orientation sessions for first-year students during the first week of the semester.
Students can find out all about the use of digital publications and the possibilities offered by the Library for academic work and research on Wednesday, 10 October (10:30) and on Thursday, 11 October (13:30). (Foto: DNB, Christian Horn)
A separate orientation session devoted to the services provided by the German Music Archive of the German National Library is scheduled for Tuesday, 9 October at 9:30.

Admission to all these events is free.
Meet in the foyer of the old library building.
Advance registration is not required.
Separate appointments can be arranged for groups by contacting

"Mon Oncle. Klaus and Heinrich Mann" // Monacensia exhibition formerly on display in the Hildebrandhaus now in the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // 17 August to 15 December 2018

Plakat: Foto Klaus und Heinrich Mann

The exhibition "Mon Oncle. Klaus and Heinrich Mann" showcases the relationship between Heinrich Mann and his oldest nephew Klaus Mann. It documents the life stories of two writers who shared a close political bond and who, while in exile, became important representatives of the artistic resistance against Nazism. Along with the period of exile, the exhibition also covers the Weimar Republic and the post-war years.

The exhibition, which was first shown in the Monacensia library in the Hildebrandhaus, is now on display in the German Exile Archive 1933–1945.

Free admission

Bildnachweis: Foto Klaus Mann (Ausschnitt): Monacensia; Foto Heinrich Mann (Ausschnitt): Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach; Atelier Erna M. Kollstede, München

Additional Information


The Leipzig building of the German National Library will be closed on Wednesday 19 September due to a staff outing. The exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will be opened from 10:00 to 18:00.

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