Betteln ist eine sehr unangenehme Sache, betteln aber und nichts bekommen ist noch unangenehmer. (Heinrich Heine)
sie uns mit beim weiteren Aufbau dieses Zentrums!
Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterstützung!
weiß heute noch, dass Elisabeth
Wilder, Max Reinhardt oder Peter
Lorre vor der Nazidiktatur geflohen waren? Wer später geboren
wird, erinnert sich nicht mehr, er wird erinnert" Hajo
Jahn, Journalist, Gründer und Vorsitzender der Else-Lasker-Schüler-Gesellschaft,
Welcome to Exil-Archiv.de
This Virtual Centre of the Persecuted Arts will never be able
to be completed as it is a never-ending story. Detailed research
has indeed been conducted on the lives of well-known exiles. Yet
thousands of poets, journalists, musicians, painters, photographers,
film makers, architects, scientists and experts in the field of
the humanities as well as sportsmen – all of whom were opponents
and victims of dictatorships – have been completely forgotten.
Here we would like to focus attention on these individuals of
whom we can be proud. They can be held up as an example in an
age which lacks exemplariness.
Centre of Persecuted Arts for the promotion of democratic culture
aim of the Else Lasker-Schüler-Foundation is the establishment of
a real Centre of Persecuted Arts. This is intended to be developed as
a centre of documentation and information on topics such as censorship,
the proscription and burning of books, the persecution and emigration
of writers, artists and other intellecuals in the past as well as today.
Centre of Persecuted Arts defines itself as a focus of communication where
people can come together and exchange ideas. As such a meeting place the
Centre provides a location for historical and civic education, a forum
for witnesses of the times and (interactive) research in the visual archive.
common goal of all the activities of the Centre of Persecuted Arts is
the promotion of a democratic culture which enhances tolerance and respect
for dissenting opinion. The work of the Centre is an active contribution
to the fight against violations of human rights, against racism, antisemitism
is at present unclear how long the envisaged Centre of Persecuted Arts
will remain a vision. Implementation depends on financial imponderables.
To prevent this vision remaining purely utopian, i.e. an idea without
a real location, it will be located in the worldwide web. The website
www.exil-archiv.de will be developed into the virtual location of the
real Centre of Persecuted Arts and be linked with it in the future.
As such, it can already perform major tasks of the real Centre of Persecuted
Arts set out above. The actual quantitative and qualitative dimensions
will in the end depend on the actual funding of the project. The following
goals are both desirable and feasible:
is a centre for discussion and information on seminal topics such as censorship,
the banning and burning of books, the persecution and emigration of writers,
artists and other intellectuals. The website serves as an online magazine
storing scholarly, literary (essays, poetry, short stories, diaries and
novels) and journalistic sources which explain the historical background
and context and describe present-day cases of censorship and persecution
of intellectuals. In this sense www.exil-archiv.de can be built up gradually
as a virtual framework for documentation, education, research and journalism.
The following kinds of projects could be published on www.exil-archiv.de:
Portraits of and extracts from the works of writers/ artists/ musicians/
singers/ film makers/ scientists and experts in the field of humanities/
journalists etc. - all being examples of creative individuals who were
persecuted in the past or are being hampered today in trying to work in
their professions. Reports by victims of persecution in the present-day
Interviews with, selections from the work of and recollections of writers
in exile on the occasion of the anniversaries their birthdays or deaths.
Remembering key dates such as the Nazi seizure of power or the Nazi book
Background information about countries in which the freedom of expression
in particular and human rights in general are infringed.
provides contributions specially designed for the schools and seeks to
promote tolerance and human dignity through remembrance. Young people
should be “interactively” involved in designing the website
and thus become co-authors. In this way they learn to recognise the structures
underlying violence, racism and xenophobia in past and present. A whole
range of specially developed teaching units and materials for the schools
is already available via www.exil-club.de.
is open to exile researchers too as a virtual forum. Academic exile research
work can be published on the website in order to make it accessible to
a wider public. As a prelude to the academic monitoring of the Centre
of Persecuted Arts the www.exil-archiv.de has already begun to collate
the results of existing exile research on Internet.
is the field for exploration and experiment of the real Centre. Hence
the content and thus the navigation structure of the page is orientated
on the conception of the real Centre (cf. Hajo Jahn, ed., “Gewissen
gegen Gewalt, Wuppertal 2000, pp. 39-48). Word and picture data banks
are to be built up as a virtual archive on persecution, as a contribution
to education through the medium of art and culture.
The following resources can be used:
The documentation of the picture collection of Dr. Schneider (the works
of German impressionists “ Verfemt, vergessen, wiederentdeckt“)
Biographies and extracts from the works of persecuted, exiled or murdered
intellectuals Collection of Jürgen Serke.
www.exil-archiv.de also provides information about:
Activities of the Else Lasker-Schüler Foundation as well as of associated
institutions (such as the exhibitions of the Museum Baden/Solingen). The
Else Lasker-Schüler Forums Prominent public figures who support and
cooperate with the Else Lasker-Schüler Foundation Events and current