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Exile. Experience and Testimony: Exhibition

Touring exhibition of the permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 through the United States

Extracts from the permanent exhibition “Exile. Experience and Testimony” recently opened by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main can now also be seen in Cudahy Library at Loyola University Chicago Libraries. The touring exhibition will be visiting various locations all over the country to display artifacts that testify to experiences in exile in the USA.

Despite visa requirements and a restrictive quota system that limited immigration options depending on the country of origin, the USA was the most important country of exile during the National Socialist era, admitting a total of 130,000 to 140,000 German-speaking refugees.

The great importance of the USA as a country of exile for those persecuted by National Socialism is also evident in the recently opened permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 at the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main. This can be seen in the numerous exhibits, including those relating to aid organizations operating in the USA, the everyday, linguistic or professional challenges in exile or the manifold resistance activities which exiles engaged in.
These are just a few of the themes addressed by the exhibition, which will be touring the USA under the title “Exile. Experience and Testimony”. The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 will be displaying reproductions of 35 exhibits at various locations.

The touring exhibition is a part of the “Year of German-American Friendship Initiative 2018/19” organized by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, and the Federation of German Industries.

The exhibition was opened on May 18, 2018 at the Loyola University Chicago, for the conference of the North American Society for Exile Studies (NASES). The exhibition will start its journey through the USA from Chicago in mid-June; the tour will last just over one year. Stops will include Washington D.C., Durham (New Hampshire), South Hadley (Massachusetts), Los Angeles, and New York.

The exhibition will be on display at Loyola University Chicago May 18-June 1, 2018 in Cudahy Library.

Detailed information about dates and venues of the touring exhibition will be available soon on the website of the German National Library: www.dnb.de

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933–1945
Adickesallee 1
60322 Frankfurt am Main

About the German Exile Archive 1933–1945
The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main collects publications by German-speaking emigrants as well as their personal papers and documents from the years of the Nazi dictatorship. The publications include all the books, brochures and periodicals published outside Germany by German-speaking emigrants between 1933 and 1950 in the fields of literature, politics, science and Jewish emigration. The personal estates of German-speaking emigrants from all areas of expertise and professional groups are collected, as are the archives of exile organizations, and individual letters and manuscripts.

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