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2019: Frankfurt am Main

  • Talk by Thomas B. Schumann: "German artists in exile. Thomas B. Schumann's 'Memoria' collection"
    Around one thousand of the roughly ten thousand creative artists forced into exile by the Nazis were visual artists. Since 1945, most of them have been forgotten – unfairly so, as demonstrated by the more than seven hundred works in Thomas B. Schumann's 'Memoria' collection. The publisher, author and winner of the 2017 Hermann Kesten Prize uses impressive visual images to illustrate his talk on the origins and focus of his collection.
    Event organized by the German National Library’s German Exile Archive 1933–1945
  • Opening of the exhibition: "Oskar Maria Graf: Rebel, global citizen, storyteller"
    The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 presents an exhibition by the Literaturhaus München (Munich House of Literature) in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus
    The exhibition presents the Bavarian poet Oskar Maria Graf (1894–1967) as an international, cosmopolitan and yet rebellious author. The exhibition focuses on his time in exile and the question of what constitutes the "true home". From 1933 to 1938, Graf lived in Vienna and Brno before emigrating to New York, whose diversity and vitality he loved.
    As an author of global literary repute, he wrote his most famous works while in exile – texts of great relevance in today’s global political climate and well worth re-discovering.
    The exhibition by the Literaturhaus München in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus is visiting the German Exile Archive 1933–1945
  • Book presentation and talk with Wolfgang Benz, Johannes Czwalina and Dan Shambicco: "Nie geht es nur um Vergangenheit"
    There are now only a few living witnesses of World War II, and soon we will only be able to hear second-hand accounts. In the book "Nie geht es nur um Vergangenheit" ["It’s never just about the past"], former refugees who now live close to the trilateral border between Germany, France and Switzerland or whose escape routes took them through this area talk about their life-changing experiences.
    They speak of cowardice and denunciation, yet also of courage and helpfulness. The book gives a voice not only to the last remaining Holocaust survivors and their children, but also to descendants of perpetrators who still suffer today as a result of the crimes committed by their ancestors.
    "Nie geht es nur um Vergangenheit" makes it clear that the past and the present cannot be considered separately.
    Editors Wolfgang Benz, Johannes Czwalina and Dan Shambicco present their latest publication and read passages from the book.
    Event organized by the German National Library’s German Exile Archive 1933–1945


2019: Leipzig

  • Book presentation and talk with Wolfgang Benz, Johannes Czwalina and Dan Shambicco: "Nie geht es nur um Vergangenheit"
    There are now only a few living witnesses of World War II, and soon we will only be able to hear second-hand accounts. In the book "Nie geht es nur um Vergangenheit" ["It’s never just about the past"], former refugees who now live close to the trilateral border between Germany, France and Switzerland or whose escape routes took them through this area talk about their life-changing experiences.
    They speak of cowardice and denunciation, yet also of courage and helpfulness. The book gives a voice not only to the last remaining Holocaust survivors and their children, but also to descendants of perpetrators who still suffer today as a result of the crimes committed by their ancestors.
    "Nie geht es nur um Vergangenheit" makes it clear that the past and the present cannot be considered separately.
    Editors Wolfgang Benz, Johannes Czwalina and Dan Shambicco present their latest publication and read passages from the book.
    Event organized by the German National Library’s German Exile Archive 1933–1945


2018: Frankfurt am Main

  • Book presentation: "Hermann Broch – Frank Thiess. Letters from an intellectual friendship"
    With Paul Michael Lützeler and Thedel von Wallmoden
    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 organized by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in cooperation with the Wallstein Verlag publishing company and the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz

  • Book presentation: "Rettet wenigstens die Kinder"
    After the November pogroms in 1938, around 20,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were rescued by the so-called 'Kindertransporte' ('children's transports'). Their life stories and the fates of their families are the focus of the book "Rettet wenigstens die Kinder" ("At least save the children"). A musical backdrop to the event will be provided by pianist Professor Dr. Joachim Reinhuber, whose mother was rescued by a Kindertransport, and his son, baritone Noah Reinhuber.
    About half of the children rescued came to England, as did Renata Harris, whose mother Grete was deported and murdered by the Nazis.
    Event organized by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in cooperation with the project Jewish Life in Frankfurt am Main


  • Reading: "Lieber und verehrter Onkel Heinrich" ("Dear and esteemed Uncle Heinrich")
    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.
    Event organized by the German National Library’s German Exile Archive 1933–1945


  • Reading: "Robbed of a home?!"
    Between 1933 and 1945, around 500,000 people were forced to leave the territory controlled by the Nazi dictatorship and go into exile. The homes they left on their way into exile had already been taken away from them many times. Numerous exhibits from the permanent exhibition "Exile. Experience and Testimony" bear witness to this, and actors Jana Schulz and Michael Schütz will be reading from them this evening.
    One thing the refugees had in common was that they were ostracised and persecuted. However, their experiences of exile were varied and highly personal: experiences of rifts and loss yet also of new beginnings and gains. The reading provides multifarious insights into the experience of being robbed of one's home, and also into the hopes for a new beginning in exile.
    The reading will be accompanying the conference "Exile Archives and Museums".
    Event organized in cooperation with hr2-kultur as part of the exhibition "Legalised Theft. The Exchequer and the Plundering of Jews in Hesse 1933–1945" at the Historical Museum in Frankfurt. An exhibition by the Fritz Bauer Institute and the broadcasting company Hessischer Rundfunk


  • Exhibition opening: "Mon Oncle. Klaus and Heinrich Mann" - Monacensia exhibition formerly on display in the Hildebrandhaus (Munich) now in the German Exile Archive 1933–194
    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 1933–19455


  • Reading and presentation of the Ovid Prize to the prize winner Herta Müller
    The German PEN International Centre of German Writers Abroad is presenting the OVID Prize for the second time. This year the Nobel literature laureate Herta Müller is being honored for her life's work. The laudatory speech is being given by the literary scholar Guy Stern, who won the prize last year. The purpose of the OVID Prize is to promote the principles laid down in the charter of PEN International. The award is named after the Roman poet Ovid who was banished into exile because of his writings.
    Event organized by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library in cooperation with the German PEN International Centre of German Writers Abroad


  • Reading and discussion with Martin Wuttke, Sylvia Asmus and Hans-Willi Ohl: "Widerstand erzählen: Anna Seghers 'Das siebte Kreuz'"
    Narrate the story of resistance – is what Anna Seghers did in her book. Act in the here and now is the message of this novel, which Anna Seghers wrote in exile from 1938. Dr. Sylvia Asmus, Head of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library, and Hans-Willi Ohl, Chairman of the Anna-Seghers-Gesellschaft, explore the story behind the writing of the novel and its impact. The actor Martin Wuttke will read extracts.
    Event organised by hr2-kultur and the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library as part of the "Frankfurt liest ein Buch" event.
    Hosted by: Ruthard Stäblein (hr2-kultur)


  • Opening of the permanent exhibition: "Exile. Experience and Testimony"
    "Exile. Experience and Testimony" – For the first time in its more than 60-year history, the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library is opening a permanent exhibition.
    Welcome speech: Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann, Director General of the German National Library
    Welcoming address: Prof. Monika Grütters MdB, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
    Video message from contemporary witness Ernest Glaser
    Speech: Dr. Doron Rabinovici: "Das Versagen der Heimat"
    Introduction to the exhibition: Dr. Sylvia Asmus, Head of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945
    Music: Vassily Dück, accordion
    What does it mean to have to go into exile? What awaits one there? Does exile ever finish? And what remains of exile? Between 1933 and 1945 some 500,000 people were forced into exile from the areas governed by the Nazi dictatorship. The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 has been specifically conceived to provide a multiperspective view of exile.
    Embedded in a prologue and an epilogue, the exhibition is divided into three main thematic chapters: Exodus – In exile – After exile. Each exhibit tells the story of a specific historical experience.
    A timeline, a world map and tablets at the reading stations provide historical, geopolitical and biographical background information on the exhibits. In the epilogue, the story behind the testimonies themselves takes centre stage. How were they handed down and how did they find their way into the Archive?

  • Freischaltung der virtuellen Dauerausstellung des Deutschen Exilarchivs 1933-1945: "Exil. Erfahrung und Zeugnis"
    exilarchiv.dnb.de

  • Donation of the partial literary estate of Siegfried Sudhof


  • Acquisition of the fractional estate of Juda Ari Wohlgemuth


  • Acquisition of the partial literary estate of Arthur Seehof


  • Donation of the fractional estate of the Verband deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller in Israel


  • Acquisition of the partial literary estate of Adin Theilhaber


  • Acquisition of the partial literary archive of the Persona-Verlag


  • Acquisition of the partial literary estate of Elsa Gabba


  • Donation of the partial literary estate of Roberto Schopflocher

2017: Frankfurt am Main

  • Lecture by Wilhelm von Sternburg: "Walther Rathenau – Leben und Werk eines konservativen Liberalen"
    Born 150 years ago, the future foreign minister of the Weimar Republic, Walther Rathenau, became the representative of a new middle class that was to play a crucial role in the economic awakening of Germany and in deciding the path taken by the European states in the First World War. Yet he always remained an outsider - not least as a Jew in a society suffused with latent and soon virulent anti-Semitism. When Walther Rathenau was shot down in broad daylight by the extreme right in 1922, democratic Germany gathered for the last time in mass protest against the racist madness and the voices of violence that would eventually destroy the German Republic.
    Journalist Wilhelm von Sternburg talks about the life and work of a conservative liberal who reflected the contradictions of his era


  • Reading by Albert M. Debrunner: "Zu Hause im 20. Jahrhundert – Hermann Kesten"
    Hermann Kesten (1900-1996) was a major figure of the last century. A friend of Erich Kästner, Joseph Roth and Ernst Toller, an author, publisher and chief editor at the Kiepenheuer publishing house in Berlin, Kesten emigrated in 1933 to Paris shortly after the seizure of power by the Nazis. In 1940 he then managed to flee to the United States. There he was involved in founding the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC). The records of the ERC are now held in the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library. In 1953 Hermann Kesten returned permanently to Europe, although he never lived again in Germany. He was a major figure of West German post-war literature and wrote numerous novels, short stories and essays. Albert M. Debrunner's biography now provides the first account of Kesten's entire life.
    Event organised by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library in cooperation with the NIMBUS. Kunst und Bücher publishing house


  • Reading and award presentation: "Alles wandelt sich – Echos auf Ovid".
    Two thousand years ago the Roman poet Ovid died while in exile at the Black Sea. In Metamorphoses, the Books of Transformations, he created a work that remains relevant to this day. Two thousand years later, the German PEN International Centre of German Writers Abroad (formerly German PEN Club in Exile) invited members of the German-speaking PEN centres to explore the impact which Ovid's work has had on their own literary cosmos by creating their own texts. Four of the participating authors – Renate Ahrens, Susanne Fritz, Gisela Holfter and Utz Rachowski – will be presenting their texts at the event.
    In addition, the PEN Centre will be presenting the OVID Award for the first time, with the first prize being awarded in 2017 to the literary scholar Professor Guy Stern for his life's work. The laudatory speech will be given by Renate Ahrens. Gabriele Alioth will be compering the event.
    With the kind support of Gesellschaft für das Buch e.V.

  • Book presentation: "Und draußen weht ein fremder Wind..." Über die Meere ins Exil. Reading by Dr. Kristine von Soden
    Persecuted by the Nazis, significant numbers of Jewish women went into exile where they faced many challenges. Dr. Kristine von Soden explores this aspect of exile on the basis of diaries, letters, poems, unpublished pictures and texts and testimonies of female Jewish emigrants contained in the literary estates held by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main

  • Talk: "Trotz alledem" - The 100th birthday of Ernesto Kroch. Talk by Wolfgang Benz and conversation with Eva Weil-Kroch
    The life of Ernesto Kroch is also the story of a double exile. In his early youth he was already active in the communist and anti-fascist movement. In 1938 he fled via Italy and France to Uruguay. In exile he remained politically active, even after the military coup in 1973. The military dictatorship forced Kroch to flee again. He returned to Germany in 1982, but then went back to Uruguay after the end of the military dictatorship. Ernesto Kroch actively campaigned for a democratic society right up to his death on 11 March 2012. His literary estate has been in the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library since 2016

  • Symposium: "… AUF EISIGEM BERGFIRST TANZEN …" – Symposium on the work and impact of Ludwig Meidner
    Ludwig Meidner (1884-1966) is one of the most important representatives of urban Expressionism and one of the most prominent Jewish artists of the 20th century.
    The German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt (which manages the artistic estate of Meidner in its Ludwig Meidner Archive) are holding a joint academic symposium

  • Talk: "Entartete Kunst" 80 Jahre danach. Anmerkungen zu einem epochalen Ereignis
    The talk by Dr. Mario-Andreas von Lüttichau (Museum Folkwang) is part of the symposium on the work and impact of Ludwig Meidner, organised by the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt

  • Acquisition of the literary archive of Hans Albert Walter

2017: Leipzig

  • Project presentation: "ReMembering – Jüdische Lebenserinnerungen. Ein Netzwerk zur Stadtgeschichte Leipzigs"
    How will we be able to preserve the memory of the persecution, expulsion, and murder of the former Jewish population of Leipzig in the future when there are no longer any contemporary witnesses? Jane Wegewitz and Tom Pürschel of the "EnterHistory!" project group present a project on digital urban history which focuses on autobiographical sources, encourages users to reflect on their own response and, in particular, aims to sensitise young people to ways of dealing with historical issues.
    Event organised by "EnterHistory!" and the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library as part of the Jewish Week in Leipzig


  • A collage of music, text and images by and with Evelin Förster (vocals) and Nikolai Orloff (piano): "Henry Love und Peter Perten – zwei Frauen der Unterhaltungskunst"
    "Das alte Lied" – this was the song with which Henry Love (actually Hilde Loewe) achieved her breakthrough as a composer. She gave herself a male pseudonym on the advice of her music publisher. The writer Ruth Feiner did the same and called herself Peter Perten. Both women were active in the entertainment field and believed a pseudonym to be essential in this male-dominated industry. Ruth Feiner and Hilde Loewe left Berlin and Vienna respectively due to their Jewish background, and went into exile in London.
    The music-text-image collage compiled by Evelin Förster revisits the late 1920s and early 1930s. The literary estate of Hilde Loewe and a collection dedicated to Ruth Feiner are held in the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library

2016

  • The two exile collections of the German National Library (the "German Exile Archive 1933–1945" in Frankfurt and the "Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945" in Leipzig) are merged, both thematically and organisationally.

2016: Frankfurt am Main

  • Companion event to the exhibition "DEUTSCH UND JÜDISCH – Momentaufnahmen der deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte": Bertha Pappenheim (1859-1936) - Frauenrechtlerin, Schriftstellerin und Sozialarbeiterin
    Dr. Natalie Naimark-Goldberg (Research Fellow at the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem)
    Prof. Dr. Christian Wiese (Vice Chairperson of the German Board for Scientific Research of the Leo Baeck Institute).

  • 6 December: Exhibition opening: "DEUTSCH UND JÜDISCH – Momentaufnahmen der deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte"
    The German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library presents an exhibition of the Leo Baeck Institute New York | Berlin
    Welcome speech: Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann, Director General of the German National Library
    Welcoming address: Dr. Mirjam Wenzel, Director of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main
    Introduction to the exhibition: Dr. Miriam Bistrovic, Berlin Representative of Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin
    Opening talk: Dr. Schimon Staszewski, Chairperson of "Freunde und Förderer des Leo Baeck Institute e.V."

  • Panel discussion: "Gedächtnis verbindet. Kulturelle Teilhabe und kulturelles Gedächtnis in der Einwanderungsgesellschaft". Discussion with Micha Brumlik, Shermin Langhoff and Boris Schumatsky, hosted by Michel Friedman. With the kind support of Gesellschaft für das Buch e.V.

  • Reading and interview: "Die Briefe der Manns – Ein Familienporträt"
    With the editor Tilmann Lahme and the actors Corinna Harfouch and Torben Kessler
    Presented by: Ruthard Stäblein, hr2-kultur
    A cooperation of hr2-kultur, S. Fischer, Der Hörverlag and German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library.

  • Book presentation: "Und was hat das mit mir zu tun? Ein Verbrechen im März 1945. Die Geschichte meiner Familie". Reading and interview with Sacha Batthyany

  • Exhibition "Wir brauchen einen ganz anderen Mut!" Stefan Zweig – Abschied von Europa. The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library presents an exhibition created by the Vienna-based Austrian Theatre Museum.



  • Accession of the fractional estate of Paul Roubiczek

  • Donation of the fractional estate of the family Wiedemann

  • Donation of the fractional estate of Stefanie Zweig

  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Ernesto Kroch

2016: Leipzig

  • Presentation: "Im Namen des Volkes!" – Hinter den Kulissen des Nürnberger Prozesses. Presentation of the audiobook with Jochanan Shelliem. The ARD radio journalist Jochanan Shelliem introduces his audiobook feature which examines the Nuremberg trials, a milestone of German history, from different perspectives.

2015: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Antiracist Reading Show: Hate Poetry. A team of journalists read out loud some of the racist hate mail they regularly receive. A smart, witty and light-hearted form of protest against everyday racism. A performance that uses the hostilities themselves to challenge hostility.
  • 23 November: Exhibition opening: "Wir brauchen einen ganz anderen Mut!" Stefan Zweig – Abschied von Europa. The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library presents an exhibition created by the Vienna-based Austrian Theatre Museum.curator and director of the Stefan Zweig Centre Salzburg, Klemens Renolder, gives an introductory speech at the opening of the exhibition. Afterwards the actor and voice-over artist Jochen Nix reads texts by the author.
  • Musical reading: "In Nürnberg machten sie ein Gesetz". The Bertolt Brecht ballad presages the barbaric events of the Pogrom Night on 9 November 1938. In their programme Anna Haentjens (vocals/recitation) and Sven Selle (piano) present the words and music of dissident and Jewish artists who were labelled "degenerate" and persecuted by the National Socialists.
  • Book presentation: "Das Jahrhundert der Manns". Reading by Manfred Flügge from his biography of the entire Mann family.
  • Book presentation: "Quelle lebender Bücher"; The library of the Israelite Cultus Community in Zurich (ICZ) celebrates its 75th anniversary by publishing a book. This is presented on 8 July 2015 at the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main. In it, 75 users describe their favourite book from the ICZ library. The result is a cross section of the library's holdings, covering 500 years of book history. An event organised by the German National Library in cooperation with edition clandestin, Biel, Switzerland. The patron is the Swiss Consulate General, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Talk: "On every front. The war correspondent Erika Mann". A talk by Irmela von der Lühe (Berlin).
  • Book presentation: "Zukunftsarchäologie: Eine Anthologie hebräischer Gedichte" with a talk by Prof. Anat Feinberg: "Schiller's Tell as a Jewish visionary – German literature in Hebrew garb". An event in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel in Munich, Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library, Klostermann and the German National Library.
  • Donation of the literary estate of Hildegard Feidel-Mertz
  • Donation of the fractional estate of Felicia Fuss
  • Acquisition of the fractional estate of Yitzhak Sophonie Herz
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Hanna Kapit

2014: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Reading: Reappraising a major figure of the last century: Wilhelm von Sternburg reads from "Lion Feuchtwanger - Die Biografie". On the occasion of the 130th birthday of Lion Feuchtwanger.
  • Event: "Exile and Language"– Panel discussion with Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Najem Wali and Stefan Weidner (Moderation).
    Event organised by German Exile Archive 1933–1945 as part of the Goethe-Institut "DEUTSCH 3.0 – Debatten über Sprache und ihre Zukunft" initiative.
  • Event: "Songs of Gastarbeiter – Migration, pop and 'schlager' in Germany. Imran Ayata and Klaus Walter in conversation." Songs presented from the first generation of Turkish immigrants to Germany.
    Event organised by German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library.
  • Project conclusion: Eyewitness interviews with exiled artists: The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library conducted eyewitness interviews together with the radio journalist Jochanan Shelliem as part of the virtual "Arts in Exile" exhibition to produce audio or video clips.
  • 19 September: Award presented by German President Joachim Gauck: "Exil Online" wins the "Kinder zum Olymp!" competition. The "Exil Online. Archiv erleben – Exil entdecken – Geschichte verstehen" cooperation project between the I.E. Lichtigfeldschule im Philanthropin school in Frankfurt and the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library won a "Kinder zum Olymp!" award in the "Literature for years 5 to 9" category.
  • Reading with Jochen Nix as part of the "…mehr vorwärts als rückwärts schauen…" : Das deutschsprachige Exil in Brasilien 1933–1945 exhibition
  • Symposium: Art and society between cultures. The art historian Hanna Levy-Deinhard in exile and her relevance today.
  • Acquisition of the fractional estate of Olga Katunal
  • Acquisition of the fractional estate of Irene Landry
  • Donation of the partial literary estate of Erna Meyer

  • Donation of the fractional estate of Lilit Pavell
  • Donation of the partial literary estate of Frederick Polnauer

2014: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Presentation of the Leipzig ethnologists Eva and Julius Lips, exploring the theme of "Photographers in exile" as part of the Long Night of the Sciences.
  • Visit of former Jewish citizens of Leipzig.
  • Presentation: "I am the eye of the director" / Ken Adam
  • Presentation: Walter Trier. Illustrator and emigrant.
  • Presentation: "Outlawed music" / Jazz and swing under National Socialisms
  • Presentation: Georg Wittkowski

2013: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Book presentation: Barbara and Stefan Weidle, Luis S. Krausz and Victor Hugo Klagsbrunn: "Kurt Klagsbrunn. Fotograf im Land der Zukunft"
  • Exhibition: "…mehr vorwärts als rückwärts schauen…" : Das deutschsprachige Exil in Brasilien 1933–1945. An exhibition conceived by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in cooperation with Marlen Eckl. The exhibition can be viewed as part of the 2013/2014 year celebrating all things German in Brazil from 29 October 2013 in the Brazilian National Library in Rio de Janeiro and subsequently in other Brazilian cities.
  • Publication: Asmus, Sylvia [Ed.]; Eckl, Marlen [Ed.]: "…mehr vorwärts als rückwärts schauen…" : Das deutschsprachige Exil in Brasilien 1933–1945. Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich Verlag Berlin
  • The first Arts in Exile modules go online.
  • Book presentation: Muse des Exils – Das Leben der Malerin Eva Herrmann

  • Reading by the author Manfred Flügge
  • Talk: Sylvia Asmus: The literature of exile – the continual search for destroyed memories
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Fred Jordan
  • Donation of the literary estate of Ernst Bresslau
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Hans Bruch
  • Donation of Hans Stern's work library

2013: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Reopening of the reading room of the Anne-Frank-Shoah-Library
  • Completion of the restoration of around 1,000 leaflets
  • Reading: Helmut Weisenborn. With Anna Nyburg and Günther Wicke

2012: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankurt am Main

  • The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 is given overall control of the virtual collaborative Arts in Exile exhibition and network. The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media provides EUR 745,000 of funding to develop the infrastructure of the virtual exhibition.
  • Conference: Internationale Joseph Roth Gesellschaft in cooperation with the German Exile Archive 1933–1945
  • Exhibition entitled "So wurde ihnen die Flucht zur Heimat." Soma Morgenstern und Joseph Roth. Eine Freundschaft. Exhibition organised by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945. Curated by Victoria Lunzer-Talos and Heinz Lunzer.
    Supported by Stiftung Flughafen Frankfurt/Main and Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main
  • Companion event: Time capsule: Tarabas – Joseph Roth and his first exile novel
  • Companion event: Wilhelm von Sternburg: Joseph Roth
  • Book presentation: Wolfgang Benz: "Deutsche Juden im 20. Jahrhundert"

  • Collage of chanson lyrics: Evelin Förster: Commemoration of the two artists Hilde Loewe-Flatter and Ruth Feiner

  • Publication: Höllriegel, Arnold: Amerika-Bilderbuch / Ed. Michael Grisko on behalf of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 – Göttingen: Wallstein
  • Exhibition "Fremd bin ich den Menschen dort". An insight into the collections of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 and of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, patron Herta Müller
  • Conversation: Jürgen Serke and Volker Weidermann: The burned books
  • Acquisition of the partial premature literary estate of Ernest Glaser
  • Acquisition of the collection of Eva Herrmann
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Hermann Kurtzig
  • Acquisition of the archive of Günter P. Straschek
  • Donation of the archive of the Langenbach family
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Maria Schacko
  • Donation of the literary estate of Richard Stern

2012: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Beginning of the digitisation of the exile monographs
  • Visit of former Jewish citizens of Leipzig

2011: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Panel discussion "Forms of remembrance" with Sylvia Asmus, Ruth Klüger, Edita Koch, Herta Müller, Jochanan Shelliem, Volker Weidemann
  • First meeting of the Golo Mann society
  • VEvent: Inge Jens: Encounters with Golo Mann
  • Presentation of the "Golo Mann. Die Geschichte" exhibition. An exhibition by Buddenbrookhaus Lübeck in cooperation with Literaturhaus München
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Leon Hirsch
  • Acquisition of the partial literary estate of Fritz Picard
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Heinz Liepman
  • Sylvia Asmus becomes head of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945

2010: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Rudolf Olden. Journalist gegen Hitler – Anwalt der Republik"
  • " ... ein sehr lebhaftes Vielerlei. Der Theatermann und Schriftsteller Rudolf Frank". An exhibition by Wilfried Weinke in cooperation with the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library.

  • Acquisition of the partial literary estate of David Luschnat

2010: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Presentation: "Florence Homolka. A photographer in exile"
  • Presentation: "Leaflets of the 2nd World War"
  • Presentation: "Children's books in exile"

  • Visit of former Jewish citizens of Leipzig

2009: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Hans Weil
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Anja Lundholm

2009: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Start of the restoration of roughly 1,000 leaflets

2008: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Hans G. Güterbock
  • Acquisition of the premature literary estate of John G. Stoessinger

2008: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Book presentation: Volker Weidermann: "Das Buch der verbrannten Bücher"
  • Reading: Armin Strohmeyer reads from: "Verlorene Generation – dreißig vergessene Dichterinnen und Dichter des 'anderen DeutschlandVerlorene Generation – dreißig vergessene Dichterinnen und Dichter des 'anderen Deutschland'"
  • Presentation on the exhibition stand of the German National Library: "The other Reclam publications. Disguised publications"
  • Presentation: "A passionate collector. The illustrator and toy collector Walter Trier"
  • Visit of former Jewish citizens of Leipzig

2007: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Sigmund Neumann
  • Exhibition "Kurt Wolffein Literat und Gentleman". Cooperation project between August Macke House, Bonn, the Literaturhaus in Vienna and the German National Library

2007: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Reading: Lenka Reinerova reads from her autobiography "Das Geheimnis der letzten Minuten"
  • Presentation: "Photographers in exile"
  • Reading: Ilka Schneidgen reads from her book "Dichterin des Dennoch: Hilde Domin"

2006: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Die Kinder der Manns – Ansichten einer Familie". Joint project of Monacensia München, Buddenbrookhaus Lübeck and Literaturhaus München
  • Archives catalogue of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 goes online

2005: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • "Biographies and autobiographies of exiles and emigrants". Annual meeting of Gesellschaft für Exilforschung e. V.
  • Exhibition "Meinem besten Porträtisten – Porträtfotografien und -zeichnungen aus den Beständen des Deutschen Exilarchivs 1933–1945"

2005: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Reading: Christian Buckard: "Ein extremes Leben. Arthur Koestler 1905–1983"
  • Event: Presentation of the results at the second Hanoverian Symposium "Jüdischer Buchbesitz als Raubgut"
  • 13th meeting of the "Frauen im Exil" working group of Gesellschaft für Exilforschung e. V.: "Als Kind verfolgt. Anne Frank und die anderen"
  • Presentation of the "Buchgestaltung im Exil" exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945

2004: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Beginning of the "Jewish periodicals in Nazi Germany" digitisation project (with the support of the German Research Foundation, DFG)

2003: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Catalogue: "Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933–1945 und Sammlung Exil-Literatur 1933–1945: Katalog der Bücher und Broschüren." Also, volume 2 of "Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933–1945: Katalog der Bücher und Broschüren (1989)" (acquisition years 1986-1995)"
  • Exhibition "Buchgestaltung im Exil 1933–1950"; acquisition of the literary estate of Eric Schaal (with the support of the German Research Foundation, DFG and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation)

2002: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Deutschsprachige Schriftsteller im Schweizer Exil 1933–1950"

2001: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the archive of Alfredo Cahn (partly as a permanent loan of the Adolf und LuiAdolf sa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege, Frankfurt am Main)

2001: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • The "Kinder- und Jugendliteratur im Exil" exhibition is shown at the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main and at the Wuppertal municipal library;
    Presentation on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Ödön von Horvath

1999: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "... er teilte mit uns allen das Exil. Goethebilder der deutschsprachigen Emigration 1933–1945"

1998: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Beginning of the "Exilpresse digital" digitisation project (until 2003 with the support of the German Research Foundation, DFG); Acquisition of the literary estate of Ossip K. Flechtheim

1998: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Presentation "'This is not the end of the story'. Bertolt Brecht in exile 1933–1948"

1997: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Annual meeting of Gesellschaft für Exilforschung e. V.

1996: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Beginning of the collaboration with John M. Spalek, Albany, for the acquisition of the literary estates of German-speaking emigrants in the United States (with support e.g. from German Research Foundation, DFG, so far roughly 50 full and partial estates, including those of Hermann Borchardt, Iwan Heilbut, Ernst Moritz Manasse, Joseph Maier, Soma Morgenstern, and the "Aufbau" archive)

1995: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Richard A. Bermann alias Arnold Höllriegel. Österreicher – Demokrat – Weltbürger"

1995: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Exhibition and catalogue "Kinder- und Jugendliteratur im Exil"

1993: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Deutsche Intellektuelle im Exil. Ihre Akademie und die 'American Guild for German Cultural Freedom'"; it is subsequently shown in numerous other locations, including in the Thuringian State Parliament, Erfurt, and in the Hesse State Parliament in Wiesbaden

1992: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Hermann M. Görgen

1991: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the literary estates of Fritz Neumark and Paul Leser

1990: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Close collaboration between the exile collections since the merger of the Deutsche Bücherei Leipzig and the Deutsche Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main to create the federal institution of the German National Library on the basis of the Unification Treaty.

1989: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Catalogue "Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933–1945: Katalog der Bücher und Broschüren" (for acquisitions up to and including 1985)
  • Exhibition "Leo Perutz 1882-1957"
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Margarete Buber-Neumann

1988: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Start of the "Inventar zu den Nachlässen emigrierter deutschsprachiger Wissenschaftler in Archiven und Bibliotheken der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" project supported by the German Research Foundation, DFG

1988: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Part of the literary estate of Professor Eva Lips is bequeathed to the Collection of Exile Literature

1987: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Walter Fabian

1987: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Establishment of a separate "Collection of Exile Literature" section within the Acquisition department

1986: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Leo Perutz

1985: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Die jüdische Emigration aus Deutschland 1933–1941. Die Geschichte einer Austreibung"; it is subsequently shown in more than 20 other locations, including at the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn and as a panel exhibition in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

1984: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Brita Eckert becomes head of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945
  • Exhibition "35 Jahre Exilliteratur 1933–1945 in der Deutschen Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main"

1980: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Der deutsche PEN-Club im Exil 1933–1948", initially at the PEN Congress in Bremen, later in Bonn, Frankfurt am Main and numerous other locations, also as a panel exhibition
  • Acquisition of the literary estate of Karl Retzlaw

1979: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Exhibition "Joseph Roth 1894–1939"

1975: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the archive of the Deutscher PEN-Club im Exil (1933–1940) and the literary estate of Wilhelm Sternfeld

1973: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

1970: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the archive of the Deutsche Akademie im Exil / American Guild for German Cultural Freedom of Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein as the basis of the archival collection as the basis of the archival collection

1969: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • The Federal Law on the German Library, which also covers the collection and bibliographic indexing of exile literature 1933–1945, permits expansion of the scope and staffing of the collection.
  • The German Research Foundation starts to support exile research.
  • The Deutsche Bibliothek is involved in all projects devoted to safeguarding and documenting the sources.

1965: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • On May 28, the Hessian Minister of Culture Ernst Schütte opens the exhibition "Exil-Literatur 1933–1945"; It is shown in more than 20 locations in Germany and abroad from 1966 to 1970. The exhibition and catalogue prove highly influential in encouraging research into German exile 1933–1945 in the Federal Republic.

1960: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • Beginning of systematic bibliographic assessment of works of exile literature, establishment of a work sheet for biographic and bibliographic data; Acquisition of missing publications, primarily via the international antiquarian book trade

1958: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Werner Berthold takes over as head of the exile collection and expands it.

1953: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • Acquisition of the "Walter Arthur Berendsohn" collection (with the first archival holdings, including Berendsohn's comprehensive correspondence of about 2,000 letters on the development of the first literary history of exile)

1950: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • The first books of the "emigrant library" arrive as gifts from emigrants

1949: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • "Deutsche Nationalbibliografie: Ergänzung I – Verzeichnis der Schriften, die 1933–1945 nicht angezeigt werden durften" (Deutsche Nationalbibliografie: Supplement I – List of writings not allowed to be shown from 1933–1945 including 5,485 entries)

1948: German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main

  • The plan to establish a "library of emigration literature" is drawn up in summer in Zurich at a meeting of Hanns Wilhelm Eppelsheimer with board members of the Schutzverband Deutscher Schriftsteller in Switzerland (Walter Fabian, Jo Mihaly, Kurt Hirschfeld etc.); thereupon the society invites its members and friends in 1949 to make the works they published in exile available for the planned collection.

1947: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • "Bücher der Emigration" – first exhibition of the Deutsche Bücherei after the War

1933–1945: Collection of Exile Literature 1933–1945 in Leipzig

  • In 1933, the Deutsche Bücherei, which previously fell within the remit of the Reich Ministry of the Interior, is subsumed by the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Nazi party authorities move in to monitor the cultural and intellectual conformity measures. Writings by exiled authors are incorporated in the general collection. From 12 October 1936 it is forbidden to include these works in the national bibliography, from 1939 they are recorded in the periodically released "List of prohibited publications in the Deutsche Bücherei".

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