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Names change, places too. The Challenge of Developing Geodata-Based Gazetteer Research Technologies and Methods
Using place-name directories (gazetteers) as an example, the project examines the genesis and development of geographical systems of knowledge and the impact of different actors on geographical discourses. The technical focus is on the development of a web application for the analysis of existing...
Die Oder hat viele Gesichter. Der international erfahrene Expeditionsfotograf Willy Sinn hat diese Vielfalt von Frankfurt/Oder bis Gleiwitz aus den unterschiedlichsten Perspektiven festgehalten. Das Ergebnis ist eine reizvolle Fahrt auf der "Lebensader Schlesiens", die dazu beitragen möchte, diesen...
The Northeast Library is a specialized scientific library that deals with the regional history of northern East Central Europe and the history of the Russian Germans. The total holdings comprise approximately 170,000 media units. It forms part of the library network of the University of Hamburg.
series of seminars
Oma kommt aus Schlesien ("Grandma comes from Silesia")
Families can be deeply affected and moved by stories about where they came from – and the stories and fates of those who escaped are still very much alive today. Many children and grandchildren carry the memories and traumas of their ancestors with them. HAUS SCHLESIEN addresses this issue and has...
On the connection between migration, diet, and belonging
To what extent can diet create social and cultural belongings? What is its potential significance in contexts of migration? Russian German examples demonstrate the very diverse ways in which questions of identity and diet are connected.
Online finding aid
Online search aid of the Document Collection at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe
The online search aid of the Document Collection (DSHI) at the Marburg Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe is the starting point for research in the holdings of the most important archive on the history of the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia in the German-speaking...
Pandemic and Migration in Eastern Europe
Copernico asked: What role have epidemics and pandemics actually played in history, especially in Eastern Europe? How were they combated in the past? What impact did they have on the course of history? What role do they play, for example, in the context of human migration movements?
Permanent exhibition of the East Prussian state museum
East Prussia: Formerly the easternmost German province, today it covers parts of Poland, Russia and Lithuania. With its family-friendly presentation style and high-quality, informative exhibits, the East Prussian state museum conveys as complete a picture as possible of the history, art, culture and...
Several thousand tons of gingerbread are exported every year. Reason enough to take a closer look at this sweet baked treat and its history. The touring exhibition of HAUS SCHLESIEN, which is available for loan, tells the story of the origins and development of gingerbread and is dedicated to the...
Portraits of artists bearing witness to their times
The exhibition "Borders in Art. Three generations of Czech art" (21 May–15 August 2021) delved into how visible the visual arts make "borders". Its focus was on the Czech art scene from the 1920s up to the present. Three remarkable artistic standpoints – supplied by Toyen, Magdalena Jetelová,...
Online finding aid
Press clippings online
The online database "Press clippings online" enables the research of press clippings from the personal dossiers of the press clippings archive at the Herder Institute for East Central European History. The service is continually updated as further material is indexed and made available online. For...
Publications of the Nordost-Institut
The series "Publications of the Northeast Institute" focuses primarily on outstanding dissertations and postdoctoral theses as well as translations on all aspects of the history of Northeastern Europe.
Recommended Reading: Die heutige Ukraine und ihre sowjetischen Wurzeln (Today's Ukraine and its Soviet Roots)
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Ukraine has been in the focus of world attention. Is now the hour for experts on Ukraine to be recognized and heard? The war has made many people aware of how little they actually know about this country and its history. To fill this knowledge gap or to...
SUCHO – Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online
What is the role of digital humanities during wartime? Since February 24th, 2022, Ukraine is enduring attacks from Russian troops. A broad majority stands by Ukraine with various initiatives – humanitarian as well as cultural. We spoke with Stanford University’s Quinn Dombrowski about an...
What do you take with you when you are forced to flee your home empty-handed? Which object will be indispensable in everyday life and vital for emergencies? An exhibition project by the consultant for cultural affairs Magdalena Oxfort shows the role that spoons, of all things, can play in people's lives when they face exceptional circumstances and also in their memory of these events.
Stefan Tymiec Junior
Stefan Tymiec was born in Sztynort in July 1950. “I had a happy childhood”, he says. He hardly felt anything of the tragedies that his parents had lived through. His mother was German and remained in her homeland in 1945. His father was Ukrainian, one of many people who had been forcibly resettled from southeastern Poland. Stefan's childhood happiness lasted eight years, then the family set off for the West.
Steinort – a European place of remembrance
Steinort is a European place of remembrance, because it is a place where the most diverse stories and memories intersect, intertwine, and overlap. The interview project by Ulla Lachauer and Agata Kern explores these subjective strands of memory and reveals a number of different cultures of remembrance.
The Baltic States
This scholarly handbook provides an in-depth look at the past of the three Baltic states. In addition to European and transnational references, the focus is also on confessional, cultural and linguistic differences.
The Four Lehndorff Daughters
"I lost my home," Vera von Lehndorff once said, "but lost childhood is a better description." When her father was executed on September 4, 1944, she was five years old. Her sister Eleonore, "Nona," was six and a half, and Gabriele was two. Catharina was only 19 days old; she was born in the Torgau prison hospital. The Nazis had taken the girls and their mother Gottliebe into custody, a practice known in German as "Sippenhaft” or “kin liability". It was a traumatic time and was by no means over when the war ended in 1945.
The Lehndorff Hunting Lodge
This charming wooden building was once the hunting lodge of the Lehndorff counts. Here they would gather after the great hunts to feast and celebrate together. Later, the building was leased to an innkeeper. After 1945 it was used as a storehouse, and for a while it served as a village store. It gradually fell into disrepair until one day it caught the eye of the young businessman Alexander Potocki.