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"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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Campus mile – ideas for redeveloping the Frankfurter Alleenring // Panel discussion // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Monday, 26 November 2018, 19:30

Visualisierung einer innerstädtischen Flaniermeile

This event will furnish information on the results of the student ideas competition for the “Campus Mile” and serve as a platform for representatives of the institutions involved to discuss the future of the project. 

The Goethe University’s Westend campus, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and the German National Library are all situated along the northern part of the Alleenring ring road in Frankfurt. In future, this area is to be developed into a “Campus Mile” and thus become the most important academic axis in Frankfurt and the surrounding region.

Following the model of Frankfurt’s Museumsufer (museum embankment), the objective is to connect the institutions and give the ring road a spatial identity. A national student ideas competition was held for this purpose. (Picture: fra uas)

We will be providing information on and discussing the results and possible further steps with representatives of the neighbouring institutions and the municipal authorities of Frankfurt am Main.

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

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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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"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 in Leipzig will be closed on Wednesday 21 November 2018. The Exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will be closed as well.

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