Exile. Experience and Testimony, a traveling panel exhibition of materials drawn from the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library, is coming to Mt. Holyoke College. The touring exhibition features representations of archives and artifacts that testify to experiences of Germans living in exile in the United States.
The exhibition will be on display at the Williston Library from Feb. 4 to Feb. 23, 2019.
For more information, please visit MHC
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.
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 for those persecuted by National Socialism is evident in the recently opened permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 at the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main. The numerous displays include aid organizations operating in the US, the everyday, linguistic or professional challenges in exile, and the resistance activities that exiles engaged in.
For more information, please visit the German Exile Archive