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Cover der aktuellen Ausgabe "Dialog mit Bibliotheken"

The new issue of the journal "Dialog mit Bibliotheken" has been published in good time for the Frankfurt Book Fair. What will happen to the RDA standard now that the new toolkit has been introduced? Renate Behrens and Jürgen Kett discuss this question in their article. The guest contribution by historian Christian Rau takes a look at the German National Library’s Frankfurt location during the years of occupation and the early days of the Federal Republic. This was triggered by the publication of two volumes on the history of the Deutsche Bücherei from the German Empire to 1990.

In the second part of the four-part series on the new permanent exhibition at the German Exile Archive 1933–1945, Sylvia Asmus and Kathrin Massar present a variety of biographies of people forced into exile. Other topics include: Bonpland – an app for preserving holdings and e-paper cooperation as a model for the future. We also take a look at the wide variety of events, exhibitions and cooperative projects at the German National Library.

In addition to the print edition, the "Dialog" is also available as a free download.

"Lieber und verehrter Onkel Heinrich" // ("Dear and esteemed Uncle Heinrich") // Reading // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 19:00

Thomas Manns 50. Geburtstag, 6. Juni 1925

This reading, which accompanies the temporary exhibition "Mon Oncle. Klaus and Heinrich Mann", focuses on one specific aspect of the Manns’ multifarious family history: the relationship between Heinrich Mann and his oldest nephew Klaus Mann.

Inge Jens and Uwe Naumann, both acknowledged experts on the Mann family, read excerpts from letters and texts by Klaus and Heinrich Mann and provide insights into a relationship characterised more by intellectual affinity than by personal closeness. (Porträt: Inge Jens, Foto: Manfred Grohe)

Event organised by the German National Library’s German Exile Archive 1933–1945.

Free admission

Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 69 1525-1961

From the translator's perspective — Patrick Flanery’s "I Am No One" // Reading by translator Reinhild Böhnke // German National Library in Leipzig // Thursday, 25 October 2018, 19:00

Logo "22. Leipziger Literarischer Herbst 2018"

Leipzig-based translator Reinhild Böhnke reads from Patrick Flanery’s novel "I Am No One" and talks about her work on Flanery’s book with Ralf Pannowitsch, who himself translates from French.
"A clever, Kafkaesque story in fantastic style which is narrated with aplomb" – this review appeared in the Münchner Merkur after the book was published in September 2017. Flanery’s work explores a world in which surveillance is on the increase. The main character is a history professor who returns to his home city of New York after a decade's absence and finds himself in the centre of numerous strange incidents. The novel is about memory, repression and what happens when the past catches up with us. The German translation of "I Am No One" was published in 2017 by Blessing Verlag.
This event is being organised by the 22nd Leipzig Literature Festival and "Die Fähre" e. V. in cooperation with the German National Library.
Free admission. Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 341 2271-286

"Aufklärung jetzt" ("Enlightenment Now") // Steven Pinker talks to Elisabeth von Thadden // In English // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 25 October 2018, 19:30

Steven Pinker

Hate, populism and irrationality are ruling the world, anti-scientific world views are spreading, truth has ceased to exist: this is what a glance at today’s headlines might lead one to think. However, Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, shows that this is false.

Pinker talks to Elisabeth von Thadden (DIE ZEIT) about his book, in which he investigates developments over the last few centuries and proves that our lives have improved continually. Nowadays we live longer and are healthier, safer and wealthier than ever before, and this is not only the case in the Western world. The reason: enlightenment and its system of values. Without it, the world has no chance of becoming a better place for us all. Pinker’s book is an active rebuttal of the widespread sentiment that our modern society is doomed.

The event will be held in English and is being organised in cooperation with publishing company S. Fischer Verlag and DIE ZEIT.

Admission costs 5 Euro. Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 69 1525 1101

“A Princess born in Exile” // With Konstanza, Princess of Löwenstein and Dr. Sylvia Asmus // Event closing the touring exhibition “Exile. Experience and Testimony” at the German Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia // Sunday, 28 October, 15:00

Porträt von Prinzessin zu Löwenstein

The third stop made by the touring exhibition “Exile. Experience and Testimony” at the German Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia will be ending on 28 October 2018 with talks by Konstanza, Princess of Löwenstein and Dr. Sylvia Asmus

In her talk “A Princess Born in Exile”, Konstanza, Princess of Löwenstein will be giving an autobiographical and historical insight into the experience of exile. Her parents left Germany in 1933 to escape political persecution. They later found refuge in the USA, where Konstanza, Princess of Löwenstein was born in 1942.

In her talk, Dr. Sylvia Asmus, Director of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945, will be describing the importance of the USA as a country of exile and explaining the concept of the permanent exhibition.

The touring exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 is sponsored by the Goethe-Institut’s initiative “Deutschlandjahr USA / Year of German-American Friendship”.

Free admission. No prior booking required.

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Other dates and stops made by the touring exhibition in the USA

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Detail vom Museumslesesaal in Leipzig

How would you like the German National Library to be? Which services are important to you, and what is your ideal working environment? We would like to find out about your requirements and interests to help us plan new design of our reading rooms in Leipzig. For this purpose, you are invited to attend a group workshop from 1 pm to 3.30 pm on 8 November 2018 at the German National Library in Leipzig. Together we will develop the reading room of the future – using processes such as the love-and-hate letter and the problem reversal technique. Another one-hour workshop session will take place on 9 November. The workshop is open to everyone aged 18 and over – not only to Library users in Leipzig, but also to people who would like to get to know the German National Library.

Come and join in! Submit your application by 1 November to: . We will select ten participants from among all the applicants. As a token of thanks for your participation in the workshop, you will receive a voucher for a German National Library annual ticket. (Photo: DNB, Stephan Jockel)

"Der unsichtbare Pianist" // Second concert on a historic reproducing piano // German Music Archive of the German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 14. November 2018, 18:00

Konzertsaal mit Reproduktionsflügel

For the second concert in our series "Der unsichtbare Pianist" ("The invisible pianist"), we will be introducing you to our treasury of piano rolls and Wolfgang Heisig will be presenting his composition for reproducing grand piano.
Self-playing pianos and pianolas (which played piano rolls from a device known as the "Vorsetzer") enjoyed immense popularity during the first third of the 20th century but went very quiet after this time. However, composer Wolfgang Heisig is proving that they never disappeared completely. He specialises in works for mechanic player devices and composed the work KODE, a graphic composition for pianola. He uses this work to explain how self-playing pianos work. (Foto: DNB, Stephan Jockel)

During the second part of the evening, the German Music Archive will be presenting examples selected from its treasury of piano rolls. Experience works by great composers played as if by magic with no visible performer on the Steck "Duo-Art" reproducing piano of 1925. Some of them were recorded by famous pianists of the early 20th century, others by the composer himself.
Between the individual pieces we provide information on interesting aspects of the instrument, the piano rolls, the works and their performers.

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

A world of knowledge awaits you // Apprenticeship Day // German National Library in Leipzig // Thursday, 15 November, 14:00 to 18:00


Apprentices of the German National Library will again be providing information on the apprenticeships offered at the Leipzig site.

Those interested have the opportunity to gain insights into the different areas, ask questions and talk to the trainees.

The German National Library offers the following courses of training:

  • Media and Information Services Specialist, subject area: Library
  • Computer Science Expert, subject area: System Integration

Meet in the foyer of the old building.
Admission is free of charge.

More about the courses of training at the Geman National Library

"Rettet wenigstens die Kinder" // Book presentation // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main / Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 19:00

Renata Harris mit ihrer Mutter Grete

The book “Rettet wenigstens die Kinder” (“At least save the children”) focuses on the life stories of the children rescued and the fate of their families. A musical backdrop to the evening will be provided by pianist Professor Dr. Joachim Reinhuber and baritone Noah Reinhuber. .

After the November pogroms in 1938, around 20,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were rescued by being transported abroad by the so-called ‘Kindertransporte’. About half of the children rescued came to England, as did Renata Harris, whose mother Grete was deported and murdered by the Nazis. The photo on the left shows the mother and daughter still together in Germany. . (Foto: Privat)

Event organised by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in cooperation with the project Jewish Life in Frankfurt am Main.

Free admission
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Additional Information


The permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 "Exile. Experience and Testimony" is closed due to maintenance work. However, you may visit the accompanying virtual exhibition under

The exhibition "Mon Oncle" is open to the public.
To visit the exhibition, please use the entrance on the first floor which can be accessed via the two lifts in the foyer next to the main entrance.

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