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Digitisation of German-Jewish cultural heritage // A collaboration between Israel and Germany // Final report published

Cover "Digitisation of German-Jewish Cultural Heritage: A collaboration between Israel and Germany"

Books in Hebraic script from the collection of the National Library of Israel and medieval and early modern Hebrew manuscripts from German library collections have been digitised and can now be accessed worldwide through the internet. These documents have sparked an increasing global interest in German-Jewish cultural heritage and opened up new research prospects. The digitised materials can serve as primary sources, and affiliated collections held by different libraries can now be reunited at least virtually. The project, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), was successfully completed in time for the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel in 2018 and is documented in detail in this publication. The special publication is bilingual (German/English) and is available for download in PDF format.

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(Hi)story at noon: “The suitcase – symbol of exile” // Tour the permanent exhibition “Exile. Experience and Testimony” in 15 minutes // National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 13 December 2018, 13:00

Plakat zur Dauerausstellung des Deutschen Exilarchivs 1933-1945

Do you fancy a quick tour of the exhibition? Our new condensed version “(Hi)story at noon” gives you the opportunity to discover various aspects of historic exile between 1933 and 1945. We have selected suitcases, letters, passports and other mementos from among the 250 exhibits and more than 300 publications that make up the permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945. They give answers to questions that are significant not only in historical terms: What does it mean to be forced into exile? What do people experience there? Does exile ever end? And what remains of exile?

In the first of these short tours, which last around 15 minutes each, we take a closer look at artefacts such as a suitcase belonging to author Walter Meckauer.

Free Admission. No prior booking required.

All dates and themes of the short tours

Hermann Broch – Frank Thiess. Letters from an intellectual friendship // With Paul Michael Lützeler and Thedel von Wallmoden // German National Library Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 13 December 2018, 19:00


Hermann Broch was already in his mid-40s when he published the first volume of his novel trilogy “The Sleepwalkers” in 1930. In 1928, he made the acquaintance of Frank Thiess in Vienna; Thiess was one of the Weimar Republic’s most successful authors. After the annexation of Austria, Broch had to flee to the USA because of his Jewish origins. Thiess, on the other hand, believed that he was unable to leave Germany. The friendship that developed between them was placed on a firmer footing between the two World Wars and continued after 1945. Their long correspondence is remarkable for the openness with which they criticised their books, and reflects a time of extensive political and social upheaval.

Paul Michael Lützeler, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis (USA), and Thedel von Wallmoden, founder and director of the Wallstein Verlag publishing company, present this recently published correspondence.

An event organised by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in cooperation with the Wallstein Verlag publishing company and the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.

Free admission.

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Symbols as Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction´s Insignia // Temporary Exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig //22 June 2018 to 6 January 2019

Zeichen als Waffe, Titelgrafik :Jaroslaw Kubiak

Terrorist groups enforce political action by harnessing the might of the media in the same way as explosives and automatic weapons. How do graphic symbols become acts of violence? The German National Library’s German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig explores this issue in its exhibition “Symbols as Weapons”. The display is an attempt to historicise and deconstruct the group’s emblem, which comprises a star, a submachine gun, and the letters “RAF”. Today, this graphic legacy of the RAF, whose history is not infrequently perpetuated with a complete lack of discrimination, has long since become a pop icon.

Discover the power of emblems on one of our guided tours of the exhibition “Symbols as Weapons”.

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 22 June 2018 to 6 January 2019.
(Photo: Jaroslaw Kubiak)

"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 // Until 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

"Image factories" // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing on tour at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences // 19 October to 14 December 2018

Blick in die Ausstellung "Bildfabriken. Infografik 1920-1940."

The English-language exhibition "Image Factories. Infographics 1920–1945. Fritz Kahn, Otto Neurath et al" is currently on display in Potsdam. It was opened as part of the conference information+. The conference focuses on interdisciplinary practices in information design and data visualisation. In this highly topical context, the exhibition helps shed light on the historical derivations of infographics and economies of perception. It presents solutions developed at the beginning of the 20th century – in the face of a hitherto unknown flood of information and globalisation of knowledge – to disseminate information by means of images.

The touring exhibition can be viewed on the campus of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences until 14 December. It is an extract from the exhibition that was on display at the German Museum of Books and Writing earlier this year. (Photo: tecton/Julia Nitsche)

Free admission. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:00–16:00

Additional Information


The German National Library will be closed from 24 December 2018 to 1 January 2019 at both locations.

The permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 “Exile. Experience and Testimony” will be closed as well.

The exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will open from 10:00 to 18:00 on 27 to 30 December 2018. The presentation “Albert Kapr” will be closed.

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