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Dora Schindel (1915–2018) – In memoriam

Dora Schindel (1915-2018)

Dora Schindel died on 11 January 2018 in Bonn at the age of 102.

A native of Munich, Dora Schindel had long been closely linked to the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library - as somebody who witnessed the events of the period itself, as one of the contributors to the collections, and not least as a highly valued friend. After the Nazis seized power, Dora Schindel together with the academic and politician Hermann M. Görgen helped organise the departure to Brazil of 48 people who were at risk. The "Görgen group" included the Romance philologist Susanne Bach, the writer Ulrich Becher, the biologist Alfred Goldschmidt, the journalist Walter Kreiser and the musician Georg Wassermann. Dora Schindel remained in Brazil until 1955. After returning to Germany, she devoted her life's work to fostering intercultural dialogue between the two countries. (Photo: moondogstudio)

Until her death Dora Schindel remained an honorary member of the committee of the Deutsch-Brasilianische Gesellschaft and the Lateinamerika-Zentrum.

"Der unsichtbare Pianist" // Historical reproducing grand piano concert // German Music Archive of the German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 18:00

Rollenklavier Deutsches Musikarchiv

We are often fascinated by what we cannot see. A good example is the mechanical Steck "Duo-Art" reproducing grand piano built in 1925 which plays music without any visible performer. In this early form of mechanical sound recording, a pianist's performance was recorded on a paper roll which could then - when inserted into a suitable instrument - reproduce the music.

Experience works by Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and Ravel – some played by major pianists of the early 20th century, some by the composers themselves.
Between the individual pieces we provide information on interesting aspects of the instrument, the piano rolls, the works and their performers. (Photo: German National Library, Stephan Jockel)

Free admission
Meeting place: Foyer of the old building

Call for Papers // Annual meeting of Gesellschaft für Exilforschung // Theme: Exile archives and museums // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // // Submission until 31 January 2018

Koffer aus dem Deutschen Exilarchiv 1933–1945

In most cases, exile, flight and migration constitute cross-border changes of location which inevitably involve more than one country. Such migrations leave their mark not only on the people who leave, but also the inanimate witnesses that accompany them, that are created, picked up, lost or left behind during the exile journey. As institutions which collect, preserve and exhibit such objects, archives and museums have a special significance and responsibility in the context of the history of exile and migration. The heritage of exile is preserved by many different institutions, including the German National Library and its German Exile Archive 1933-1945, which has committed itself to the collection and safeguarding of inanimate witnesses of exile.

The aim of the interdisciplinary conference of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (Society for Exile Research) is to present and discuss historical (archive) case studies in the context of overarching cultural science archive theories and recent concepts of digitally networked archives or exile museums and exhibitions.

Date of event: 13 to 15 September 2018
Abstracts for the conference can be submitted until 31 January 2018.
Information for submissions (available only in German)

"Wie die Bücher wohnen. 100 Jahre Magazingeschichte" // European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 guided tour // German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 10:30

Blick auf Bücherregale im Magazin in Leipzig

On the "Wie die Bücher wohnen. 100 Jahre Magazingeschichte" guided tour we invite you to explore the stacks and we reveal how we store our holdings.

The German National Library in Leipzig contains 205 km of shelving crammed full of books, journals, CDs, gramophone records and notated music in just under 50,000 of stack space. The original building of the Deutsche Bücherei was opened in 1916. Ever since then the stacks have been extended and developed continuously to meet the demand for space which increases every day. On the tour you see the different generations of stack technology from 100 years of library history in the Leipzig building of the German National Library. The preservation staff show you both the oldest and newest stacks. See historical shelving systems and ultramodern, air-conditioned rooms and discover what technical possibilities the future might hold for the stacks of tomorrow. (Photo: German National Library, Anne-Katrin Müller)

Prices: EUR 6.00/reduced EUR 3.00
To reserve a place complete the booking form or call +49 341 2271-286. The number of places is limited.

Exil. Erfahrung und Zeugnis // Eröffnung der Dauerausstellung des Deutschen Exilarchivs 1933–1945 // Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt am Main // Donnerstag, 8. März 2018, 19 Uhr

Plakat zur Dauerausstellung des Deutschen Exilarchivs 1933-1945

Was bedeutet es, ins Exil gehen zu müssen? Was erlebt man dort? Gibt es ein Ende des Exils? Und was bleibt vom Exil? Erstmals in seiner mehr als 60-jährigen Geschichte eröffnet das Deutsche Exilarchiv 1933–1945 der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek eine Dauerausstellung, die sich mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt.

Die Ausstellung präsentiert ausschließlich Zeugnisse aus dem Deutschen Exilarchiv. Mehr als 250 Originale aus Nachlässen und über 300 Publikationen ermöglichen einen multiperspektivischen Blick auf das Exil 1933 bis 1945. Und sie zeigen zugleich: Die Erfahrungen dieses historischen Exils sind vielfältig und individuell. Es sind Erfahrungen von Bruch und Verlust ebenso wie von Neuanfang und Zugewinn.

Informationen über die Anmeldung zur Eröffnungsveranstaltung folgen in Kürze.

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The exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will remain closed from 15 to 22 January 2018 due to maintenance work.

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