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Exilpresse digital - German-language exile journals 1933 - 1945


In this project, the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 (Deutsches Exilarchiv) of the German National Library digitised select exile newspapers and journals held by it, and supplemented by the Sammlung Exil-Literatur 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library and other german libraries. "Exilpresse digital" was German National Library's contribution as partner library to the joint project "AG Sammlung Deutscher Drucke", in which it is responsible for the period from 1913 on. As part of the programme "Verteilte Digitale Forschungsbibliothek" , sponsored by the externer linkDFG to digitally preserve endangered library materials, German National Library's work has ensured the long-term preservation and accessibility of exile periodicals. The effort simultaneously represents a contribution to the project "Bibliotheca universalis", which has received the support of the Conference of Ministers of the seven leading industrial nations (G7).

Dear Users,
it is not possible to provide the "Exilpresse digital" and "Jüdische Periodika in NS-Deutschland" services for legal reasons. We would like to express our gratitude for the large amount of correspondence we have received on this matter.
We are endeavouring to reply to each individual request and to give careful consideration to each suggestion, but we would now like to give a brief outline of the current situation.
The rights holders of a considerable number of digitised works are not known. This problem of orphan works is being addressed by legislators in Germany and also at the European level. Unfortunately no solution has yet been found. For this reason the German National Library has decided to discontinue providing access to these works via the Internet. We deeply regret this situation. There were very good reasons for digitising these journals, as they represent important source material which is otherwise difficult to access.
The digitised versions will, however, continue to be available for use in the reading rooms of the German National Library in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main. If changes are made to copyright laws in the future which make it possible to distribute copyright-protected orphan works and/or publications which are long out-of-print in a legally regulated manner, the German National Library will then naturally make use of these regulations and resulting processes to make all such publications accessible. We are also continuing to explore the possibility of clearing the rights.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Head of the German Exile Archive 1933-1945, Dr. Sylvia Asmus, if you have any further questions.

Click here for information on the digitised journals and holdings.

Project partners

externer linkDFG

Project duration

1997 - 2003

Last update: 20.07.2012

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