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GOOOAALLLL! The ball, the media and you – a medial post-analysis for the Football World Cup 2014 // German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 19:00

Motiv TOOR! Der Ball, die Medien und Du – die Fußballweltmeisterschaft 2014 in der medialen Nachlese

A talk show with Guido Schäfer, an ex-professional footballer, a close confidant of Leipzig’s own football club, and a well-known sports journalist (Leipziger Volkszeitung) and Dr. Wolfram Eilenberger, editor-in-chief of the German-language periodical “Philosophie Magazin””, and a member of the authors’ national football team.

When football’s involved, everyone is always right. The idea is to put the round thing into the rectangular thing, but the rectangular thing is no longer located at the end of the pitch but is hanging up in front of our eyes in the form of a screen. Interviews, match analyses and chants determine the ultimate victor, no matter what the actual score is. It’s a goal when the spectator whistles. Regardless of what the goal-line technology says. And hand on your footballing heart: has it ever been any different? In the quest for ultimate truths, spectators are expressly encouraged to get involved. Hosted by: Dr. Christian Horn

Free admission.


"Weltenbrand“. A scenic collage on the First World War // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Monday, 29 September 2014, 19:00

Bild des Flyers: Weltenbrand - Eine szenische Collage über den ersten Weltkrieg

The "seminal catastrophe" that was the First World War descended upon the European continent one hundred years ago. The Hamburg-based theatre group "Axensprung" decided to broach the War - an unfathomable subject to this day - by creating a scenic collage of the writings of the expressionist writers and war participants Edlef Köppen and August Stramm, of official army communiqués and of extracts from contemporary newspapers. Compositions of music and sound, projections of photos, military postcards and images created by the painter Otto Dix merge and contrast with the language to create a unique form of expression.
Organised in cooperation with Hessischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung and Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V. Landesverband Hessen

Admission: EUR 8.00 / reduced EUR 4.00. Ticket reservation:
Advance booking: German National Library in Frankfurt am Main


The “transparent translator” // Special event to Hieronymus Day 2014 // German National Library in Leipzig // Tuesday, 30 September, 13:00 – 14:30

Logo der Weltlesebühne für die Veranstaltung „Gläserne Übersetzer“

When we read a novel first written in a foreign language, then it’s the translator’s work that fascinates us, delights us, or in worst case bores us. But how does a translational process actually work in its specifics? How are descriptions created that immerse the reader in a totally different world? How do you translate dialogues without robbing them of their authentic vitality? On the International Translation Day, Hieronymus Day, Maria Hummitzsch will, in front of a live audience, be translating the story entitled “Things I Have Done and Cannot Undo” by the Israeli author Shani Boianjiu from English into German. The audience can ask questions, and add comments. The event will be chaired by Roberta Gado, winner of the German-Italian Translation Prize in 2014.

Free admission.


"Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent – Eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europa“ // Book presentation and interview // German National Library in Leipzig // Saturday, 4 October 2014, 19:00

Buchumschlag "Philipp Ther: Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent – Eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europa"

The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 signalled the start of a massive continental experiment. Within a short space of time the former "Eastern Bloc" countries were reshaped in the neoliberal mould and subjected to the regime of privatisation and liberalisation. Professor Philipp Ther was in Prague when the people took to the streets. Later he spent many years in the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine. Ther, who lectures at Vienna University, provides a comprehensive contemporary analysis of the new order in the old continent in his book, examining the subject matter for the first time from a pan-European perspective. The event will be hosted by journalist Andreas F. Rook (MDR).
Event organised in cooperation with 18. Leipziger Literarischen Herbst.

Free admission.


Grenzerfahrungen: Chamissopreisträger Adel Karasholi // Reading and interview // German National Library in Leipzig // Monday, 6 October 2014, 19:00

Logo 18. Leipzgiger Literarischer Herbst

The feeling of being away from home is a central motif in the poetry of Adel Karasholi. His experience of exile and homelessness, as expressed in numerous poems, came to an end for a time upon his arrival in Leipzig in the GDR. For a time. Because the peaceful revolution of 1989 and the collapse of the GDR saw Karasholi's own stories catch up with him. In readings and in an interview, the Syrian-born author, translator and Chamisso prize-winner describes and reflects upon his own recollections.
Elmar Faber, editor and publisher, will be hosting the event.
Event organised in cooperation with 18. Leipziger Literarischen Herbst, with the kind support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Free admission.


J. Elke Ertle: „Walled-In“ // Reading and interview in German and English // German National Library in Leipzig // Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 19:00

Elke Ertle

In her autobiography, "Walled-In", J. Elke Ertle describes her childhood and youth after the Second World War in Berlin. As a teenager and young adult, she, together with her parents, experienced at first hand the partition of the city, the erection of the Wall and the Berlin airlift. She weaves the events of the time into her own coming-of-age story which eventually took her to the USA.
Greeting: Scott R. Riedmann, US Consulate General.
Event organised by the US Consulate General in cooperation with the German National Library

Free admission.


"Songs of Gastarbeiter" - Migration, Pop und Schlager in Deutschland // Imran Ayata and Klaus Walter in conversation // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 9 October 2014, 19:30

Musik-Cover von "Songs of Gastarbeiter"

"Songs of Gastarbeiter" presents songs from the first generation of Turkish immigrants to Germany. These songs were recorded up until the start of the 1990s; their lyrics focus on the role of the 'outsider', on factory work, on yearning and on the pain of separation. The musical style is somewhere between folk music, crossover and sprechgesang. Berlin author Imran Ayata and Munich-based artiste Bülent Kullukcu selected the songs and issued them as a CD.
The songs were originally only heard within the German-Turkish community, whereas today they are accorded cult status in the features sections of newspapers. Imran Ayata and the music journalist Klaus Walter explain the categories of 'Inländer', 'Ausländer' and 'Deutschländer' in German pop and 'Schlager' music and present numerous songs.
Event organised by German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library.

Free admission. Registration: or phone +49-69-1525-1905

"Kampf um Vorherrschaft. Eine deutsche Geschichte Europas 1453 bis heute" // Author Brendan Simms in conversation with Wolfgang Niess // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Friday, 10 October 2014, 19:30

Foto von Brendan Simms - Autor des Buches "Kampf um Vorherrschaft. Eine deutsche Geschichte Europas 1453 bis heute"

Historian Brendan Simms talks to Wolfgang Niess (SWR) about the history of Europe since 1453: a story of nations and groups of smaller states feuding and fighting over their power, space and security. In his new book Simms recounts in particular the story of the battle for the heart of the continent, from the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation through to reunified Germany at the end of the 20th century. He recounts history which he then uses as the basis for deriving pointers for future political action. The author is Professor of History of International Relations at Cambridge.
Organised in cooperation with Deutschen Verlags-Anstalt und der Hessischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung

Free admission. Registration: or phone +49-611-324020

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.


Die Welt in Leipzig. Internationale Ausstellung für Buchgewerbe und Graphik – Bugra 1914 // Exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // 12 March to 12 October 2014

Internationale Ausstellung für Buchgewerbe und Graphik – Bugra 1914

In 2014 it is 100 years since the Internationale Ausstellung für Buchgewerbe und Graphik (Bugra) was held in Leipzig in 1914. This book festival was part of the 19th century tradition of staging world expositions. Its aim was to illustrate to a large audience the complex technical and cultural aspects associated with writing, printing and books. From 12 March to 26 October the exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig will provide an unusual perspective by examining the eve of World War I under a magnifying glass. It will also feature a report on the recent attempt by photographer Marta Pohlmann-Kryszkiewicz to find clues about the event on the grounds of the "Alte Messe". A large site plan including a linked slide show of old images of the Bugra will invite visitors to search for their own clues.


Illustrierte Idylle? Die Gartenlaube: Gesichter eines Massenblattes // Gallery exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing // 8 November 2013 to 11 January 2015

 Die Gartenlaube mit der Welt der Frau, Plakat nach Entwurf von Paul Scheurich (Ausschnitt)

The German Museum of Books and Writing is presenting the "Illustrierte Idylle? Die Gartenlaube: Gesichter eines Massenblattes" exhibition in the vault of the German National Library in Leipzig.

When the Leipzig publisher Ernst Keil announced the publication of his "new publication for the home and family, .. for the young and old, for everybody..." 160 years ago, scarcely anyone was able to foresee the success and significance which Die Gartenlaube would later enjoy. Who would have thought that it would lay the foundations for the development of the modern glossy magazine? Through the Gartenlaube pictures, which occupy a special place in German press history, the gallery exhibition explores the production techniques and different facets of the mass-circulation publication.


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.


Additional Information

The Leipzig building of the German National Library will be closed on Thursday 25 September 2014 due to a staff outing. The exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will remain opened.

The underground car park and delivery area can only be accessed via Cronstettenstrasse, Frankfurt am Main due to construction work.

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