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300 Years Immanuel Kant (1724–2024)
2024 marks the 300th anniversary of the birthday of Immanuel Kant, the philosopher from Königsberg. In preparation for the Year of Kant 2024, the BKGE is coordinating and organizing numerous activities around the topic of Immanuel Kant
A Breath of Valkyrie on the Baltic Sea. Nationalism and Romanticism in the Literature of East Prussia
What do a knight of the Teutonic Order, the Song of the Nibelungs and Hermann the Cheruscan have in common? They were all intended to legitimize the founding of the German Empire in 1871, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. This was a "unification from above" for which Prussia waged...
A celebrated conductor from Liegnitz
He is considered the ancestor of the Berlin Philharmonic: Benjamin Bilse, born in Liegnitz, Silesia, was one of the most famous conductors of the 2nd half of the 19th century.
This richly illustrated magazine shows the many facets of German culture and history in Eastern Europe through essayistic and literary texts, photo spreads and popular science essays.
The project focuses on the ambivalences and asymmetries of the Enlightenment using the example of the historical Baltic States (Estonia, Livonia, Courland). In cooperation with the University of Tartu and other partners from the Baltic States and Germany, three volumes are being prepared, with the...
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Bekenntnis und Diaspora (“Creed and diaspora”)
The international workshop held in 2018 and the resulting anthology deal with the history of the German-speaking Reformation and with German-speaking Protestantism in the countries of Central and Southeast Europe.
One topic, many approaches: In a relaxed atmosphere, sipping a beer or a glass of wine, people come together to learn about a variety of topics – some serious, some not so serious.
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Collections and holdings of HAUS SCHLESIEN
Everyday objects, art, literature, customs, knowledge, and much more: these are all cultural assets that hold a very special meaning for people. They are preserved in archives, libraries and museums where they are made accessible to future generations. Sometimes they can also be found in unexpected...
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Collections and holdings of the Institute for German Culture and History in Southeastern Europe (IKGS)
Complete collection of research materials of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association
The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association is home to an extensive and diverse range of collections relating to East Central Europe, including a library with a music and press collection together with an image archive and a document and...
Conferences on Baltic Urban History
This series of conferences run by the Herder Institute brings together historians working on the history of cities and the history of urbanity, whose work specifically focuses on cities in the Baltic States. The aims behind the conference series are to encourage methodological and conceptual...
Cultural Office for Russian Germans
Who are the Russian Germans? What were their experiences in the Soviet Union? How has their integration in Germany taken shape in the past and how is it continuing to evolve today? Russian-German repatriates are one of the largest migrant groups in Germany. Nevertheless, the majority of the...
Czechs of prominence
How did Antonín Dvořák perceive the German language? What was the relationship of the composer Leoš Janáček or the soprano Ema Destinová to the Habsburg Monarchy? What moved Karel Čapek and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk to become so committed to peaceful German-Czech coexistence? The travelling...
Discover the Danube region with Danube Places, the virtual travel guide of the Danube Swabian Museum! Many towns between the Danube city of Ulm and the Serbian capital of Belgrade have a connection to the migratory movements of the 18th century. This website (www.danube-places.eu) introduces 80...
Danube. River stories
"Look at me, says the Danube. Great am I, beautiful and wise. There is no one in Europe who could hold a candle to me." The Hungarian writer György Konrád put this not exactly modest statement into the mouth of the great river when he opened the first International Danube Festival in Ulm in 1998...
Dauerausstellung des Kulturzentrums Ostpreußen in Ellingen
Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe
The Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe e. V. (DiFMOE) has been dedicated to researching and digitally indexing historical sources from Eastern Europe for more than 10 years and operates a digital, freely accessible online library for their publication.
Digital Library of the Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe
The Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe e.V. (DiFMOE) has been operating a digital, freely accessible specialized library with historical documents on Eastern Europe since 2008. At the beginning of 2021, its holdings of periodicals included 245 titles, encompassing newspapers, magazines and...
Documents and Materials relating to East Central Europe
Digital sources relating to the history of East Central Europe in open access. The online edition of "Documents and Materials on the History of East Central Europe" of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe presents materials and sources on selected topics related to the...
Emigration, Forced Migration, and the Iron Curtain
Eastern Europe has been a "migration hot spot" since the late 19th century: Initially as a core area of overseas emigration, then of ethnic forced migration after the end of World War I. Emigration during the Cold War was nearly impossible. Today, many countries in this region benefit from the European Union's Freedom of Movement policy.