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A diary report of deportation and arrival
Joanna Konopińska recounts her deportation by the Germans during World War II and her arrival in Wroclaw after the end of the war in 1945 in her moving diary “Tamten wrocławski rok”.
A history of spoons
This exhibition, organized by the Cultural Office for West Prussia, Poznan Land and Central Poland, is devoted to a common but very special object: the spoon. The act of sitting and eating together at the same table embodies a sense of peace and belonging. Unique, and yet ubiquitous across all...
A toolbox with a secret compartment
Many museum objects hold secrets: Not infrequently, their origin and maker, their age, or their various owners are hardly known, if at all. Often, one has to rely on assumptions and guesses. A toolbox from present-day Kazakhstan, however, is a bearer of secrets in more ways than one.
Ambivalences of Sovietness
The network explores the supposed paradox of the group collective experience of repression and everyday individual Soviet 'normalization' through the example of Russian Germans and Soviet Jews. The focus is particularly on the peripheries of the late Soviet Union. Secondly, the effects of these...
Archive Treasure of the Month
Between 2007 and 2018, the Document Collection of the Marburg Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe (DSHI) presented each month a particularly attractive or interesting archival document of general historical or political significance, as well as personal documents or...
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.
series of lectures
Biographies are treasure troves of history. They often span several political eras and offer a personal perspective of history, shaped by individuals’ experiences of day to day life.
Brief aus dem HAUS SCHLESIEN ("Letter from HAUS SCHLESIEN")
You want to find out more about Haus Schlesien, its events, topics and partners? The "Brief aus dem HAUS SCHLESIEN” ("Letter from House Silesia") will keep you up to date!
Call for Contributions: Childhood and Youth in Eastern Europe
The online portal "Copernico. History and Cultural Heritage in Eastern Europe" is now calling for contributions to our next thematic focus: “Childhood and Youth in Eastern Europe”. The aim is to shed light on the day-to-day lives and environments of children and young people in Eastern Europe,...
Library holdings | Archive
Collections and holdings of the Institute for German Culture and History in Southeastern Europe (IKGS)
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...
Conferences on East Central European Studies
Conferences on the history of East Central Europe are documented in this series of publications of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe.
Contemporary witness finding aid at the Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (BKGE)
Contemporary eyewitness reports like life and family stories, diaries and reports of escapes, travel notes and interviews are all important doors into the past. But where can I find contemporary eyewitness reports?
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...
DISCOVERING East Central Europe
DISCOVERING East Central Europe: A series of publications presenting selected materials of the Marburg Herder Institute.
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 Swabian Museum
Migration has always been an important part of European history and continues to be an issue of great significance today. The Danube Swabians are a German minority in Eastern Europe, whose ancestors emigrated to Hungary in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Danube Swabian Museum in Ulm is not only...
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...
Der Weg ins Ungewisse ("The road to the unknown")
Millions of Germans who were forced to leave Silesia between 1945 and 1947 found themselves on a road into the unknown. The Poles who arrived here during this period already had this road behind them, however, their future was still uncertain. This touring exhibition of HAUS SCHLESIEN, which is...
Deutsche Minderheiten im östlichen Europa (German minorities in Eastern Europe)
Why was the political representative of the German minority in Romania elected President in 2014? How do the German minorities in Russia and Poland influence Berlin's relations with Moscow and Warsaw? The research and documentation project " Deutsche Minderheiten im östlichen Europa” (German...