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2017: Frankfurt am Main

  • 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 Kristine von Soden explores this aspect of exile on the basis of diaries, letters, poems, unpublished pictures and texts and testimonies of female Jewish emigrants contained in the literary estates held by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German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.

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.
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