Martin Breslauer Antiquariat, Verzeichnis 30 (1917). - Source: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Nachl. 307, II. 7. 2. Nr. 10; title-page

Trading Medieval Manuscripts in Berlin: Martin Breslauer, c. 1900-1945

Gastbeitrag von Dr. Angéline Rais Nicknamed the ‘König der Antiquare’, Martin Breslauer (1871–1940) was one of the greatest German booksellers of the early 20th century. Over more than forty years, he gained an international reputation as a skilled and knowledgeable dealer by selling thousands of manuscripts and printed books to buyers all over the world. […]

Jacques Noir’s Facing Berlin: Discovering the Legacy of a Refugee Poet

Gastbeitrag von Katya Knyazeva In summer 1922, the Russian poet Iakov Oksner moved to Berlin. The Russian population of the city, made up mostly from refugees from the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and the Civil War, was in the hundreds of thousands. The intellectual life was vigorous; newspaper and book publishing thrived. In autumn 1923, however, pressured […]

Spazieren in Charlottenburg

Gastbeitrag von Dr. Maya Shabbat Modernization and urbanization, demographic growth, economic stress and rising antisemitism were the main factors driving mass migration from Eastern Europe to the West in the last third of the 19th century. In the historical narrative, the mass of Jewish migrants overshadowed the story of small intellectual groups of young and educated individuals […]

Klaus Mann als Theaterkritiker: Kritiken aus den Jahren 1924/25

Gastbeitrag von Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass ein*e Leser*in der Neuen Berliner Zeitung im September 1924 dem Namen Klaus Mann zunächst mit Ratlosigkeit begegnet ist. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt war Thomas Mann bereits einer der bekanntesten Autoren Deutschlands, und Heinrich Mann galt unter den Liberalen Berlins als einer der populärsten Schriftsteller. Die Neue Berliner […]

Recovered music manuscripts of the Prussian Baroque

Gastbeitrag von Simone Walters The recovery and restitution of over 5,000 music manuscripts that form the archive of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin (siglum D‑Bsa) has had a significant impact on music scholarship by providing a wealth of newly available sources and facilitating the identification of previously unknown works and composers. Having been missing for over half a […]

With Nabokov in Berlin

Gastbeitrag von Prof. Zsuzsa Hetényi, Loránd-Eötvös-Universität Budapest After my arrival at the Stabi, I started by a thorough “obkhod” (going around) of the wonderful retro-modern building of the library for choosing and noting the coziest places for reading at different times of the day, for scanning, for taking photos of the pages, for eating, for […]