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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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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)

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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